In a few days, our streets will be invaded as ghosts, witches, goblins and superheroes head-out for some
Halloween fun. Will your children be joining in the festivities?

The trick to making trick-or-treating a real treat for you and your children is to plan ahead. Make sure your little ones don’t hit the streets before reviewing the following safety tips:

Choosing a costume:

  • Check the length of the costume in order to ensure that your children cannot trip and fall.
  • Opt for make-up – a mask is not recommended as it can restrict breathing or obscure one’s vision.
  • Choose a costume and accessories that are fire retardant, clearly visible and marked with reflective tape.

Before leaving the house:

  • Plan a route with your children. Visit only those homes that are well-lit and decorated. Avoid deserted homes and always wait on the porch.
  • Review street safety rules with your children: always stay on the sidewalks, cross only at intersections, obey traffic lights, look both ways before crossing and avoid running.
  • Provide your children with a snack before they head out. They will be less tempted to sample their goodies before you have had a chance to inspect their treats.
  • Pin a slip of paper with your child’s name, address and phone number inside a pocket. Make sure they carry emergency money or a cell phone in case they need to reach you.

Along the route

  • No trick-or-treater, even the older ones, should ever hit the streets alone. Traveling with a group of friends is much more fun and a lot safer.
  • Ensure that your children know to never accept a ride or go with anyone unless they have your permission first.
  • Make sure older children wear a watch and give them a definite time to return home. Ask them to immediately contact you if there is a sudden change in plans.

Upon returning:

  • Thoroughly inspect all treats and watch for any evidence of tampering. Immediately discard any treat that is not wrapped.

Keep in mind that children will need a little time to wind down and talk about the fun they had. Oh yes, and to sample their treats… maybe one or two or…!

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