Trick-or-treating safety tips for a happy Halloween
It’s an exciting night for kids—big and small! On a night when kids are distracted and hyper, it’s important that they remain visible at all times, carefully follow the rules of the road, and don’t eat anything strange from their stash of sweets.
Whether you’re out there roaming the streets with your kids, or you’re staying home to hand out candy, you can ensure a safe and Happy Halloween for your family.
These tips will help keep this spooky night from becoming a scary one.
Halloween trick-or-treating safety tips
Break out the makeup
Choose face paint and makeup instead of masks that can obstruct a child’s vision. Test out the makeup and face paint before the big day to make sure it works. Testing ahead of time will also let you know if your child’s skin reacts to the product. Be sure to help your child thoroughly wash it all off before you tuck them into bed.
Make it fit
Costumes should fit properly allowing for full range of motion. To avoid tripping hazards, hems should be well above the ground.
Since the majority of jack-o-lanterns are lit up with real candles, opt for non-flammable costumes made from 100 percent synthetic fabrics like nylon, polyester, and acrylic. Avoid loose capes and glittery fabric because it tends to be more flammable.
Light it up
Dark colours are difficult to see at night, so break out the glow sticks, flashlights, and reflective accessories to make sure that your kids are noticeable. If possible, choose bright costumes and start hitting the streets early.
If your bigger kids are trick-or-treating with friends, remind them to keep to well-lit areas and avoid walking on the road.
On the home front, remove any objects that trick-or-treaters could trip over, and be sure to leave a light on. This lets the kids know that you have candy, and helps light their path to your door.
Stop the snacking
Feed your kids a nutritious dinner before they head out trick-or-treating. A full belly will help minimize the urge to snack on candy before it’s been inspected by an adult. Remind your kids not to eat any homemade or unwrapped treats—especially from people they don’t know.
Inspect the treats
Be safe rather than sorry and throw it out when in doubt! Toss out any treats that aren’t wrapped, have torn or loose packaging, and have small holes in the wrapper.
Choose location wisely
Kids don’t have to hit every house in the hood. Choose well-lit locations with easy access to the front door. Kids should never enter a strangers’ home, so remind them to stay on the front step at all times.
Follow the rules of the road
To keep everyone safe on the streets, here’s a reminder of the rules of the road that should be followed at all times…
- Always cross the street at corners, crosswalks, and traffic signs and signals. Look left, right, and then left again when crossing. Keep looking as you walk across. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there aren’t any, walk facing traffic and keep as far to
the left as possible. Children should always use direct routes with the fewest street crossings possible.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Never cross the street between parked cars. Never dart out into the street!
- Put electronic devices away. Keep those heads up so you can be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Popular trick-or-treating time is between 5:30pm and 9:30pm. If you need to drive on Halloween night, drive slowly and be extra cautious in residential neighbourhoods.
Take the little ones
Children under the age of 12 should not be out at night without adult supervision. Kids mature enough to head out alone should stick to familiar well-lit areas, and trick-or-treat in groups.
Stay safe out there.