Halloween Safety Tips

With the arrival of witches, ghosts and superheroes in neighbourhoods across the world, we are writing tips for parents to help your children for a safe and enjoyable party. Halloween should be filled with surprise and fun, and here are some common-sense practices to make activities safer and more fun.

  • Costumes should be light in colour, flame retardant, and have reflective tape to help children see better at night. (Don’t forget to put reflective tape on bicycles, skateboards, and brooms!)
  • Costumes should be short enough that children are not tripped over.
  • Remind the children to stay away from flames and candles. (Costumes can be very flammable.)
  • Use makeup instead of masks or things that will cover the eyes.
  • Remind children to walk, slide and snoop on sidewalks, not on the street.
  • Explain to the children to visit one side of the street first and the other side, and that it is best to cross the street only at intersections and at crosswalks.
  • Remind children to look at both sides of the street before crossing in case there are cars, trucks, or brooms flying low.
  • Bring a flashlight or give one for children to see and be seen better.
  • Children should plan their route and share it with you and the family.
  • Children should circulate in groups of four or five. An adult should accompany young children.
  • Visit the houses where the entrance light is on.
  • Make sure children know that they should accept treats at the door and that they should not get into cars or enter the homes or apartments of strangers.
  • Remind children to wait until an adult in the home checks the treats and treats before eating them. Sweets should not be eaten if the package is already open. Small pieces of hard candy can suffocate young children.
  • Make sure you and your children know where Parent Secours homes are located in your neighbourhood.
  • Set boundaries with your kids. Explain to them the importance of respecting these limits and arriving home on time.

This year, in addition to handing out candy for Halloween, take the opportunity to speak out against bullying. Print this document out and give it to the children who knock on your door.

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