Top parenting tips on how to survive Halloween!

Halloween is a great fun and exciting time for kids of all ages, they get to dress up, have fun and eat loads of sweets (much to most parent’s horror)!

Here are some tips to help you have a safe and healthier Halloween.

Decorate your kids costumes with reflective tape and stickers so they can be seen in the dark.

Use alternatives to candles in pumpkins or elsewhere, most costumes are made with cheap fabric that would go up in flames in seconds, use battery operated candles instead.

Masks can be difficult for young children to see out of, use non-toxic face paints instead. Make sure your child’s costume isn’t trailing to prevent trips and falls.

Feed your child before going out, this will prevent too much snacking on sweets and treats.


Use a torch when going trick or treating so you and your child can be seen by drivers.

Young children should always be accompanied by an adult, if you have an older child make sure they stay in groups and go around familiar areas.

Consider giving out non-food treats, stickers, fake tattoos, bottles of bubbles etc or if giving out treats keep to healthy snacks, pretzels, popcorn, sugar free sweets.

Be aware that gum and hard sweets can pose a risk of choking in young children.

If a child has any allergies be sure to tell the person giving out treats.