We know how exciting Halloween can be for kids! These safety tips for parents, children, and homeowners from the Canadian Paediatric Society will help keep everyone safe and happy this Halloween.
- Do not use masks. Masks make it hard for children to see what’s around them, including cars. Try a hypoallergenic (less likely to cause an allergic reaction), non-toxic make-up kit instead.
- Make or buy costumes in light-coloured material.
- Place strips of reflective tape on the back and front of costumes so drivers can better see your child.
- Costumes should fit properly to prevent trips and falls. Avoid oversized shoes, high heels, long dresses and long capes.
- Dress your child for the weather. Add layers if needed.
- Please put your child’s name, address and phone number on their costume.
- An adult should accompany children under 10 for trick or treating. By age 10, some children are ready to go trick-or-treating with a group of friends.
- Remember that gum and hard candy can pose a choking risk for young children.
- Remove make-up before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
If your child is going out without an adult:
- Make sure your child is in a group of at least three people.
- Give them a flashlight. A cell phone is also a good idea if you have one.
- Discuss in advance the route they should follow. Ask them to call you if they plan to go on a street that isn’t on the route.
- Set a curfew (and make sure they have a watch with them).
- Tell your children not to eat anything until they get home.
For children and youth:
- Carry a white bag or pillowcase for your candy, and add some reflective tape.
- Dress for the weather. Cold weather or water-absorbent materials in the rain can be very uncomfortable.
- Bring a cell phone if you can, in case you need to make an emergency phone call.
- Always travel in groups. Be sure there are at least 3 of you at all times.
- Let your parents know where you’re going to be at all times.
- Don’t visit houses that are not well lit. Never go inside a stranger’s home.
- Use the sidewalk whenever possible. If there’s no sidewalk, walk on the side of the road facing traffic.
- Don’t criss-cross back and forth across the street. Work your way up one side of the road, then start on the other.
- If you have any allergies, tell the person giving the treats.
- If you have allergies that need an EpiPen, bring it with you and let your friends know what to do if you need it.
- Don’t eat any of your treats before you get home. Once home, ask your parents to look through your treats with you to make sure everything is okay.
- Turn on outdoor lights, and replace burnt-out bulbs.
- Remove items from your yard or porch that might trip a child.
- Sweep wet leaves from your steps and driveway.
- Use an alternative to candles in your pumpkins, such as a flashlight or a battery-operated candle.
- Some children have food allergies. Consider giving treats other than candy, such as stickers, erasers or a small toy.
For more information, visit the Canadian Paediatric Society.