It is no surprise that kids love to play dress ups, and even more, they love to eat sweets. That is why Halloween celebrations such as trick or treating have been gaining much popularity in recent years here in Australia. Not only do kids and parents get a chance to have a little fun, it is also wonderful community spirit to get together and put in mutual effort to make the event exciting and enjoyable for the children.
In Australia, we are lucky that Halloween falls in Spring. The weather is warm and the evening is still bright. This combination makes trick or treating a much safer setting for children to be out and about. However, due to the amount of children being out on the streets, crossing roads and visiting strangers’ homes, we must still be vigilant of everyone’s safety. Here are some tips we have put together to ensure a fun and safe evening of trick or treating for everyone.
- Young children should always go trick or treating with a responsible adult. Older children should travel in groups if unaccompanied by a grown-up.
- Wear comfortable costumes and masks that do not obstruct vision and breathing. If possible, choose face paint over a mask so that your child has clear sight of their surroundings.
- Walk on the footpath and be careful when crossing the road. Always look both ways and be attentive to ensure the road is clear before crossing.
- Only visit those houses with welcome signs or have Halloween decor. Never step inside a stranger’s house.
- Inspect your treats before eating them. When in doubt, throw it out. Do not eat sweets that look like they have been tampered with. Be careful of ingredients that may trigger allergies. It is also a good idea to only take sweets that have been individually wrapped to ensure that they are clean from grimy fingers.
Happy Trick or Treating!
* Click here to read about Chinese New Year 2019 – another cultural event that we celebrated!