How to stay safe on Halloween
Six tips to ensure your ‘little monsters' are safe this Halloween season:
1. Wear costumes that are bright in colour and easy to spot. If your child insists on dressing as a witch, vampire or the like, make sure to fasten reflective tape to their costume so they can be easier seen by drivers or passersby. You can ensure they are even more visible by having them wear glow bracelets or necklaces.
2. Children under age 12 should always go trick-or-treating with a responsible adult. Older children deemed responsible enough to go out on their own should be prepared to walk around in groups and have a cellphone handy, in case a problem arises.
3. It's best to visit a neighbourhood you know well, but if you are outside your usual comfort zone only visit homes that are well lit and never go inside a stranger's house.
4. Although children may be anxious to gobble down every treat they see, have an adult examine all candy first for evidence of tampering. You should also look out for candies that might serve as a choking hazard and avoid home-baked goods or anything unwrapped.
5. Choose costumes that fit well, so your child doesn't trip or fall. Also make sure they have enough room under their costume to layer up with a sweater or scarf in case it's particularly chilly that night.
6. Talk to your children about safety rules before they go out on Halloween. Make sure they have a flashlight handy, as well as a whistle around their neck to be used in emergencies.