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Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

October 30, 2014

'Tis the season for ghosts and ghouls! But beware, with Halloween fast approaching the safety of your children should be foremost. Keep these useful safety tips  in mind before heading out for your Halloween festivities.

  • Never let children trick-or-treat alone. Always have them walk with an adult or a group of friends.
  • Make sure your trick-or-treater can be seen. Have them wear reflective, bright coloured costumes, or fasten reflective tape to their costume or bag.
  • Have them carry a flashlight so that they can see where they are going.
  • Walk, don't run.
  • Stay in familiar neighbourhoods.
  • Don't cut across yards or driveways.
  • Make sure your child's costume doesn't drag on the ground so that they won't trip and have them wear comfortable shoes.
  • Wear makeup instead of a mask. This will allow your child to see and to be aware of everything going on around them while walking from house to house.
  • Obey traffic signals and give traffic the right of way.
  • Only approach houses that have the outside lights turned on.
  • Stay away from and don't pet animals you don't know.
  • Never enter a stranger's home or car for a treat.
  • Don't let your child eat any treats until you or another responsible adult has inspected them.
  • Don't crisscross the street or run out from between parked cars. Always go down one side of the street, cross at the corner, and then down the other side.
  • Watch out for cars pulling out of driveways and backing up.
  • Remember, stranger = danger!