The eeriest day of the year is creeping upon us as young children everywhere wait patiently for an evening of trick-or-treating! As families begin to prepare for Halloween, it is important to keep the safety of children in mind when planning costumes, trick-or-treating routes, decorations and more.
As witches, fairies, vampires and superheroes await a spooktacular evening of scares, ghost-like boo’s and tricks, we’ve helped prepare a list of safety tips for a safe and fun Halloween night.
Tips for Halloween trick-or-treaters and Parents
- Reflective strips of tape should be placed on the front and back of costumes
- Costumes should fit properly to prevent trips and falls
- Avoid accessories such as: toy guns, laser pointers, oversized jewellery or hats
- Ensure the child is wearing a warm coat, along with mittens if necessary
- Avoid masks that cover the mouth or eyes
- Travel in groups of four or more
- Bring additional bottle of waters
- Travel with flashlights and/or reflective tape
- Exchange contact information with those in the group
- Determine a safe route of where the children will be trick-or-treating
- Remind children not to eat any of their candy while trick-or-treating
- Remind children to never enter a stranger’s home
- Use the crosswalks when crossing the street. Do not cross between other cars or trees
Tips for Motorists
- Do not follow a group of trick-or-treaters with a vehicle
- Drive extremely slow and cautiously as trick-or-treaters are more likely to jaywalk
- Turn your radio off and roll down your window so you can hear accordingly
- Do not text or drink and drive
- If you can, avoid driving all together
- Ensure the home is well lit
- Clear front entrance and door ways
- Tend to a pet to ensure they are calm when trick-or-treaters arrive
- Do not light candles inside pumpkins
Parents, please take a moment to remind the children that Halloween is the only acceptable time to accept candy from strangers, after it has been inspected by parents and deemed safe to eat.
Whether you may be accompanying the children or greeting trick-or-treaters at home, we hope that you will review these safety tips and take them into consideration.