- Avoid masks if possible as they can obstruct a child's vision, instead consider face paint.
- If using face paint do a skin test a few days before for any allergies. And remember to remove it before bed time.
- Make sure costumes are flame retardant or flame resistant there are lots of candles in pumpkins and other places that can set a costume alight.
- Add some reflective tape to costumes (front and back!) so kids can be easily seen by cars.
Out Trick or Treating
- For young kids make sure an adult will accompany them, for older children make sure they go around with a group of friends and know to stick together.
- Visit well-lit areas and take a flash light with you.
- Plan a route for trick or treating and make sure an adult knows it.
- Set a time to be back home by, and set an alarm on a mobile or watch if possible.
- Take extra care crossing streets, only cross on crosswalks and remember to look left, right and left again!
- Never go inside houses for treats or Halloween games.
- Bring home the candy for parents to check before eating any.
- Make sure your child knows how to call 9-1-1 (or your local emergency number)
- Pin a slip of paper with the child's name, address and phone number on the inside of their costume in case they get lost.
Tips for Parents
- Give the kids a big meal before they go out, they are less tempted to eat candy while out.
- Make sure your kids know where they are going and basic saftey rules for peoples homes and crossing the road.
- Make sure your home is safe for other peoples children, clear the lawn, porch and sidewalk and set out lighting so kids can see well.
- Careful picking candy, think nut allergies, and chocking hazards like gum and hard candies.
As a Driver
- Take extra care when out driving on Halloweens eve.
- Watch for children on the streets, and be careful at crossings and pulling into driveways.
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