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Treat or treat!

It’s Halloween, and while everyone loves to dress up and get as much candy as possible, we shouldn’t overlook a few easy steps to stay safe during the holiday. Here are a few easy common sense tips, that if followed will help everyone have a safe and amazing Halloween.

For parents:

  • Have your kids wear an outfit that does not include masks. Masks make it hard for children to see what’s around them, including cars. Try a hypoallergenic (less likely to cause an allergic reaction), non-toxic make-up kit instead.
  • Make or buy costumes in light-coloured material. Place strips of reflective tape on the back and front, so that drivers can better see your child.
  • Costumes should fit properly to prevent trips and falls. Avoid items such as oversized shoes, high heels, long dresses or capes.
  • With younger children, put your child’s name, address and phone number on his costume.
  • Children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult for trick or treating. By the age of 10, some children are ready to go trick-or-treating with a group of friends.

If your child is going out without an adult:

  • Make sure your child is in a group of at least 3 people.
  • Give them a flashlight. A cell phone should also be given, so this way if they are in danger or distress they can notify you at anytime
  • Draw a map outlining the route they should follow. Ask them to call you if they plan to go on a street that isn’t on the route.
  • Set a curfew (and make sure they have a watch with them).
  • Tell your children not to eat anything until they get home.

For children and youth:

  • Carry a white bag or pillowcase for your candy, or add some reflective tape.
  • Bring a cell phone, in case you need to make an emergency phone call.
  • Always travel in groups. Be sure there are at least 3 of you at all times.
  • Let your parents know where you’re going to be at all times.
  • Don’t visit houses that are not well lit. Never go inside a stranger’s house.
  • Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. If there’s no sidewalk, walk on the side of the road facing traffic.
  • Don’t criss-cross back and forth across the street. Work your way up one side of the street, and then start on the other.
  • If you have any allergies, tell the person who is giving out the treats.
  • Don’t eat any of your treats before you get home. When home, ask your parents to look through your treats with you to make sure everything is okay.

For homeowners:

  • Turn on outdoor lights, and replace burnt-out bulbs.
  • Remove items from your yard or porch that might trip a child.
  • Sweep wet leaves from your steps and sidewalk.
  • Use alternative to candles in your pumpkins, such as a flashlight or a battery-operated candle. If you are using a candle, don’t leave the pumpkin unattended.
  • Remember that some children have food allergies. Consider giving treats other than candy, such as stickers, erasers or yo-yos.

All of us at Think Protection hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!