Halloween safety tips

22 December 2008

Costume planning

  • Your child’s costume should be bright and easily visible, add reflectors to the costume to make it even more visible. 
  • Masks can make it hard for children to see whats around them, including cars. Use hypoallergenic, non-toxic make-up when possible.
  • The costume should fit properly, make sure that it is not a tripping hazard. Avoid oversized shoes, long dresses or capes.
  • Do not use sharp objects as part of the costume. 

Trick or Treating

  • Supervise your child around lit pumpkins and never leave your lit pumpkin unattended. Use flashlights instead of candles in the pumpkins. 
  • Make sure that children have adult supervision when trick-or-treating. 
  • Supervise children when crossing the street. 
  • Encourage a buddy system if your older child is out trick or treating alone. Provide them with a cell phone and a flashlight and discuss their route ahead of time.
  • Teach children to stop and check for cars at driveway entrances, street corners and alleys.

Candy concerns

  • Screen your child’s bag of candy. Throw away candies and other foods that are not in wrappers. 
  • Keep hard candies and other small items which can pose as choking hazards out of reach of infants and toddlers. 

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Last updated:May 2020

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