Halloween is a time of fun and excitement for children and parents alike. Safety is important at any time of year but even more so when it comes to Halloween. Here are some ideas for parents to consider as part of a safe Halloween:
- Children should be accompanied by an adult.
- Children should wear clothing that can easily be seen at night. Retro-reflective materials are best.
- Children should trick or treat in one well-known area and not wander into unknown neighborhoods.
- All candy should be inspected by an adult to make sure that no one has tampered with it. If it looks suspicious, the police should be contacted.
- Children should wear masks that do not interfere with vision. Better yet, they can avoid masks by wearing makeup.
- Children should watch for moving vehicles when crossing streets and only at crosswalks or marked intersections.
- Costumes should be short enough that the child will not trip.
- Trick or treaters should dress appropriately for the weather and carry a flashlight.
- For extra safety, organize a Halloween party for children in your neighborhood
- Children should stay to one side of the street at a time. No criss-crossing across the roadway.
- Motorists, be extra ,extra careful especially when driving down streets with parked cars.
Parents, teachers and, police school liaison officers can all play an important part in children’s safety on Halloween night. Discuss some safety strategies with your child and have a fun Halloween. For more ideas about Halloween safety check out the Canada Safety Council website www.safety-council.org