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Soon the streets will be filled again with little ghosts and goblins.  To make sure the little ones are safe here are some reminders to make sure the night runs smoothly.

Around the house:

Keep pets indoors on Halloween to protect them from hazards and preventing them from being scared of/aggressive to visitors.

Many people delight in transforming their homes into spooky scenes. Be sure to keep the path leading up to your door free of obstacles for the little ones, especially those who still decide to wear masks and might have trouble seeing in dim light.

Before you light those candles in your pumpkin, consider using inexpensive safety glow sticks or battery operated flameless candles.

Costumes:

It’s important when helping a child pick out a costume that safety should be the main concern.  Here are a few tips:

Wear a light-coloured or bright costume, reflective tape or arm bands to heighten visibility.

Wear a costume that is properly fitted to reduce the chance of tripping on it.

Make sure vision isn’t restricted. Choose a costume with make-up rather than a mask.

Shoes should fit properly even if they do not go well with a costume.

Glow sticks are also an excellent method to increase a child's visibility. You might want to consider creating a fun necklace with string to ensure they will want to wear as part of their costumes.

Accessorize with a flashlight!

Before the kids hit the streets:

Parents should know the route that their children plan to follow. If you are unable to take them out yourself, consider asking another parent, an older sibling to do the honours for you.

Agree upon a curfew and make sure your child is wearing a watch so they know what time to be home.

Teach your children to recognize the places along their planned route where they can get help: Police

Station, Fire Station or any other well indicated public place.

Although tampering of loot is rare, remind children they must have their candy inspected by their parents or guardian prior to eating them.

More Safety Tips for Trick or Treaters:

Bring a flashlight;

Walk instead of running;

Stay on the sidewalks;

Avoid jaywalking;

Do not cut across lawns or take short-cuts;

Do not go inside houses and do not get into vehicles;

Only visit houses that are lit;

Stay away from animals you are not familiar with; and

Above all, have a safe and haunting good Halloween!

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