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Halloween Safety Tips

Choose the right costume

  • Look for flame-resistant costumes and accessories. Remember, flame-resistant does not mean fire-proof.
  • Avoid flowing, baggy or over-sized costumes or accessories which can be tripping or fire hazards.
  • Choose brightly-coloured costumes that will be clearly visible to motorists.
  • Opt for make-up and face paint over masks, which can restrict breathing or vision.
  • Do a patch test before using face paint or make-up to see if there are allergies or sensitivities. Products labelled as “hypoallergenic” can still cause allergic reactions.
  • If you do choose a mask, make sure it allows the child to see and breathe easily.
  • Choose costumes that fit well and can be worn over warm clothing to protect your child against cold and wet weather.

Stay secure while trick-or-treating

Keep your children safe by teaching them to stay visible and to be aware of their surroundings.

  • Go trick or treating with your children each year until they are old enough to go with a friend.
  • Give each child a flashlight to carry to make them more visible to motorists and others.
  • Tell your children to stay in well-lit areas and only visit homes that have their outside lights turned on. Make sure they know never to go inside homes or cars.
  • Teach your children to be careful when crossing the street. Make sure they look both ways and only cross when no cars are coming. Cross streets at the corner, and never cross between parked cars.
  • Be cautious with candy and toys

Always examine the treats and toys that are brought home before giving them to your children.

  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until you have looked them over.
  • Be careful when giving children any treats that could be potential choking hazards such as chewy candies, peanuts and hard candies.
  • Check toys or novelty items for small parts and do not let children under three years of age play with them.


Information provided by Government of Canada healthycanadians.gc.ca.

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