During the Halloween season it is important to keep your child’s safety in mind when planning costumes, decorations, treats and activities. Make sure that Halloween is a safe and happy experience for the whole family by preparing ahead of time.
Choose the right costume
- Look for costumes and accessories such as beards, wigs, wings and tails that are labelled flame-resistant. Flowing skirts and capes, baggy sleeves and over-sized costumes can all be hazards around candles or flames.
- Pick brightly coloured costumes that can be clearly seen by motorists. Add reflective tape to the costume to increase visibility.
- Use make-up or face paint instead of masks – improperly fitted masks can interfere with your child’s vision or breathing. If you do choose a mask, make sure it fits properly and allows them to see and breathe easily.
- Do not use contact lenses that change eye colour or create special effects because they can cause injury to a child’s eyes.
Avoid danger when decorating
- To avoid injuries, let children draw a face or design on the pumpkin and then have an adult carve it.
- Candles, jack-o-lanterns, lighters and matches are all fire hazards. Place lighted candles and jack-o-lanterns away from curtains and other flammable objects, and do not leave them unattended. Instead of candles, consider using a small flashlight or battery candle to light your jack-o-lantern.
- Keep candles, matches, lighters and other fire hazards in a place that children cannot reach.
- Check indoor and outdoor decorative lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections. Do not overload extension cords.
Stay secure while trick or treating
- Go trick or treating with your children each year until they are old enough to go with a friend.
- Give each child a flashlight to carry, to make them more visible to motorists and others.
- Tell your children to stay in well-lit areas and only visit homes that have their outside lights turned on.
- Make sure they know never to go inside homes or cars.
- Teach your children to be careful when crossing the street. Make sure they look both ways and only cross when no cars are coming. Cross streets at the corner, and never cross between parked cars.
For more safety tips, visit:
Communications and Public Affairs Branch
If you’ve made it this far, The Urban Daddy’s tip is this; Trade the candy your children get for a toy. Give out the candy you don’t want to eat (lol) and let them keep 5-10 pieces.
The candy will be long gone, but the toy will last until they lose interest in it.
Works like a charm!