Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween provides an opportunity for parents and children to spend time together creating costumes, carving pumpkins, planning trick or treat activities and participating in family parties. Halloween is a big event at schools and provides opportunities for parties, creative activities, art programs and impromptu history lessons. Halloween is also a time for students, parents, and schools to take extra care to ensure safety and security.

If parents are concerned about trick or treating, here are some basic safety rules to follow:

  • Children should NEVER eat any treats until parents have had a chance to go through them and inspect them. Parents should look for tampering of packages and discard any they believe to be unsafe or unknown.
  • Have your child carry a flashlight.
  • NEVER go into a stranger’s house.
  • NEVER trick or treat with people you do not know.
  • Trick or treat only at homes you know.
  • Children should always stay in groups if no parent is present.
  • Younger children should ALWAYS be accompanied by an older person.
  • Accompany your child when trick or treating.
  • If you cannot accompany your child then know the route your child will take.
  • Flame resistant (retardant) costumes are in order. Keep costumes short and remind children to stay away from pumpkins with candles in them.
  • Remind children to stay away from pets they do not know.
  • Remind children of road safety rules. Cross only at corners. Do not crisscross the road. Go up one side of the road and down the other side. Never cross between parked cars. Walk facing on-coming traffic if there is no sidewalk
  • If adults are driving their children, drive slowly, with lights on and be cautious when pulling to the side of the road.
  • Children should wear their own shoes when trick or treating. Wearing costume shoes/boots can be dangerous and uncomfortable.
  • Remind children that not everyone celebrates Halloween, and to avoid any homes that have no lights on. Also, remind children not to run through neighbours yards or gardens.
  • With older children, be sure to know what other events (such as parties) they plan on attending.
  • Set time limits when children should return home.
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