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Tricks and Treats

Safety tips for trick-or-treaters
How to costume properly, advice on conducting the candy raid, and how to drive with all the goblins and ghouls on the road

  • Costumes
  • Safe trick-or-treating
  • Decorating your home:
  • If you're driving on Halloween


    • Make sure drivers can see your child, make a costume with bright fabrics and decorate with reflective tape. You can also give your child a flashlight to carry.
    • The costume and shoes should fit properly, so that children won't fall.
    • Make sure the costume is flame resistant, avoid costumes with loose sleeves, pants and skirts.
    • Accessories such as swords or knives should be made of soft, flexible material.
    • Face paint won't block a child's ability to see, unlike a mask. If the costume includes a hat, wig or scarf, tie it securely so it won't slip over their eyes

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    Safe trick-or-treating

    • Children under nine should be supervised by an adult. Children over nine should trick or treat with an adult or in a group with older, responsible children.
    • Make sure your child knows how to cross the road safely.
    • Tell children to walk, not run from house to house, and to stay on the sidewalk or at the side of the road facing traffic.
    • Children should stay in well lit areas and should only visit homes that have their outside lights turned on. Children should not go inside homes.
    • Check the candy before they eat it - throw out any treats that are not wrapped, as well as those that are in torn or loose packages, or any that have small holes in the wrappers.
    • Instruct children to stay away from open flames or other heat sources. Be sure children know how to stop, drop and roll in the event their clothing catches fire. (Stop immediately, drop to the ground, covering your face with your hands, and roll over and over to extinguish flames.)

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    Decorating your home:

    • Don't let small children carve the pumpkin. Instead, let them draw a face on the pumpkin.
    • Make your home safe for trick-or-treaters by removing all objects around the outside of the house that could make them trip or fall and turn your outside light on.
    • Keep candles, pumpkins with candles, matches and lighters in a place that children can not reach.
    • If you're putting a candle inside the pumpkin, make sure you put the pumpkin on a sturdy table and keep it away from curtains and other objects that could catch fire.

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    If you're driving on Halloween

    • Watch for children who, excited and forgetting safety rules, may jump out from the sidewalk.
    • Enter and exit driveways and alleyways slowly and pay extra attention

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    Sources: Safe Kids Canada, National Fire Protection Agency

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