Whether you’re a child, parent/caregiver or a homeowner, we all play a part in keeping neighbourhoods safe during Halloween.
Here are some quick tips to keep yourself and others safe:
Children and youth
- Bring a cell phone.
- Travel in groups of 3 or more at all times.
- Don’t run back and forth across the street. Visit all the houses on one side of the street and then cross the street and visit the houses on the other side.
- If you’re going without your parents, plan out a route beforehand and let your parents know.
- Use reflective tape on your candy bag, and glow sticks on your arms so you are more visible by cars and other trick-or-treaters.
Parents and caregivers
- Make sure your children’s costumes fit properly to prevent trips and falls.
- Accompany young children and wait for them at each house they visit.
- If you’re letting your child go without supervision: give them a cell phone, a flashlight, and discuss in advance a route that they should follow.
- Dress your child for the weather. Depending on the temperature you may need to add layers underneath their costumes.
- Put reflective tape on candy bags and costumes so drivers can better see your child.
- Sweep wet leaves from your steps and driveway.
- Turn on at least one outdoor light.
- Use alternative candles in your pumpkins such as battery-operated candles.
- Remove items from your yard that a child may trip on.
- Keep pets that are easily excited away from the front door.