By Mireille Massue
Halloween is a fun time where you can dress up, get loads of candy and enjoy the creative decorations of pumpkins, ghosts and hands coming out of the ground. To make sure your trick or treating goes safely, check out the five ways you and your family can have a fun and safe Halloween.
1. Safety in Numbers
While you or your children might be super excited to get the best loot in the neighbourhood, it is easy to get lost or separated. Younger children should be kept close and travelling in groups makes it easier for drivers to be aware and slow down.
2. Costume Safety – Be Safe and Glow in the Dark
The Safe Kids Worldwide, a global organization committed to preventing accidental childhood injury suggest that children are twice as likely to be hit by a car on this one day than any other time of the year. Put strips of reflective tape on the front and back of costumes. glow sticks as bracelets. flashlights.
3. Mask or Face Paint
Face paint or masks are great ways complete any costume. Make sure the mask fits the face properly and that it is easy to see through the holes of the eyes so that the trick or treaters can see where they are going. With face paint, it might wear off throughout the night and end up irritating the eyes or be accidentally ingested so a couple wipes or tissues will definitely come in handy.
4. Go to Homes You Know.
If you end up in a part of a neighbourhood that gives you an uncertain feeling, you’re more than likely right. Stay in well-lit areas and visit houses that have outdoor lights on and don’t go into anyone’s car or house, even if you know the person. Make sure at least one person in the group has a cell phone fully charged in case of emergency.
5. Check the Treats and Say No to Baked Goods
At the end of the night when everyone is ready to dig into their sugary loot, you might want to think twice about checking all the candy. After several reports of tampered candy (one of which involved a razor blade inside a chocolate bar) Toronto police have issued a public safety alert for everyone to check the Halloween treats. Make sure to throw away any candies with open wrappers or have signs of tampering.
Whether you’re celebrating Halloween as a child or an adult, make sure it’s a safe one. Visit the Government of Canada’s website on Halloween Safety for more information.
Above all have a safe, fun and bootiful Halloween!