Parents of vampires, ice princesses and robots in disguise are reminded to make this Halloween safe for all children and families.
It will be a busy time in many neighbourhoods and communities across the country as excited youngsters knock on doors to collecting massive quantities of sugar.
As Oct. 31 approaches, here are safety tips for trick-or-treaters to enjoy a safe and ghoulish journey.
- Wear bright colors.
- Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
- Avoid loose fitting costumes to prevent trips and falls.
- Try getting creative with make-up or face paint instead of wearing masks that can interfere with vision.
- If a sword, cane, or lightsaber is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be hurt if he/she stumbles or trips.
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Scary but safe home
- Homeowners should remove anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses and lawn decorations.
- Check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
- Restrain pets that are easily excited.
- Lighted pumpkins should be placed away from flammable objects and should never be left unattended.
- Consider using a small flashlight or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns.
As children take part in their first couple Halloweens, they should be accompanied by an adult.
Once old enough, kids should always travel with a buddy or in a group, after all, even super heroes have sidekicks.
- Stay in well-lit areas.
- Always cross the street at the corner and look both ways.
- If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and as far off the road as possible.
- Don’t cross boundaries and make sure your parents or caregivers know where you will be.
- Agree on a specific time to return home.
- Never enter a stranger’s house even if invited.
- Carry a cell phone.
When children return home with a bounty of goodies, the feast can wait until parents have thoroughly inspected it.
Throw away any treats that are not commercially wrapped or have holes in the wrappers. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should remove any suspicious items.
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- A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on too much candy.
- Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or toys.
- Try to ration treats for the days that follow.
Those driving around on Halloween are asked to slow down and watch out for excited children who will be darting through neighbourhoods.
Safety reminders for motorists:
- Slow down to at least 10 km/h below the speed limit.
- Keep alert for children crossing the street.
- Avoid taking short-cuts through residential areas where trick-or-treaters are likely to be.
- Don’t drink and drive.
By Thomas Piller Global News