Safety is always a concern on Hallowe'en. Tons of kids, hopped up on sugar and the promise of more sugar, running around in the dark. Our neighbourhood has three elementary schools, so we have huge crowds out trick or treating. Especially on the street with the incredibly elaborate haunted house. We get anywhere from 80-100 kids at our door, and we are not one of the busy streets, so you can imagine. Last year we had a huge problem with cars speeding down our street. My husband took it upon himself to stand in the road and police them. Also scary, and not something I'd recommend, but he was so angry at those drivers endangering our kids. Both drivers and pedestrians need to be aware and keep their eyes open!!
I make sure that Boo carries a flashlight with him on Hallowe'en, and we add reflective tape or bracelets to his costume to make him more visible to drivers. The flashlight allows him to see tripping hazards, and generally be safe knowing where he's going. And, to be sure his flashlight goes the distance, I power it with Duracell. I've always trusted Duracell batteries for their long-lasting power, so I know I can depend on them to help him light his way home at the end of the night.
I also trust Duracell to power my decorations. We always have Jack o'Lanterns, of course, but I long ago switched from candles to battery-operated lights. All those kids tromping up to the door, often in a big group, with flowy costumes could prove to be quite dangerous with actual flames in the mix. This year I have a couple of different LED votive options for my Jack o'Lanterns. The larger one has a colour-changing mode, which should be fun. And I've added this hanging lantern to our decor as well. It shines a skull image and plays spooky sounds. Since it will be on all evening, Duracell is on the job once again. I wouldn't want this to bum out in the middle of the festivities!
Would you like some more safety tips? The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs recommends keeping the following in mind this Halloween:
- Dangerous Décor: Jack-o-lanterns may be a time-honoured tradition, but they also represent a fire hazard. Instead of using a candle, place small flashlight or battery powered candle inside of the Jack-o-lantern. Using a long lasting battery like a Duracell Coppertop Battery will help keep them powered all night long.
- Don’t Blow It: When it comes to powering Halloween decorations, it’s easy to go overboard. But overloading extension cords and breakers is a fire hazard and will ruin the night. Be mindful of the decorations being used and when possible, opt for battery powered.
- Costume Considerations: When selecting this year’s Halloween costume, pick brightly coloured costumes that can be clearly seen by motorists. Add reflective tape to the costume to increase visibility.
- Light the way: Make sure everyone in the Halloween trick-or-treating party has a flashlight and trust that on Halloween they will have the power to light their way home with a Duracell Coppertop Battery. This will help make kids more visible to motorists and others. When in doubt, stay in well-lit areas and only visit homes with their lights turned on.
- Strength in Numbers: While always advised to have a parent present, at some point kids will want to trick-or-treat on their own. Give yourself peace of mind and make sure there is a party of at least three people.
- Know the Route: The temptation to collect as much candy as possible is understandable, but ill-advised. The safest option is to limit trick-or-treating to well-known neighbourhoods.
- Quality Control: Make sure kids resist the urge to sample the spoils of trick-or-treating until an adult has inspected the candy to see if it has been tampered with.
What do you think? Anything you would add to keep safety top of mind? I'd suggest opting for make-up rather than a mask, to help kids see clearly - especially for their peripheral vision when crossing the road.
One lucky RMB reader will receive a Hallowe'en safety prize pack including Duracell Quantum batteries, a Coleman flashlight and wearable reflectors for maximum visibility and long-lasting power. Entries are via the widget below and will be accepted until 11:59pm ET, Oct. 31. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. Best of luck!!
Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Duracell. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.