The Halton Regional Police Service Community Support Unit is pleased to offer the following tips to help ensure children have a safe and happy Halloween:
Tips For Parents:
- Children’s Halloween costumes should be bright and made of non-flammable material
- Attach reflective tape or other material to costumes to make trick-or-treaters more visible
- Costumes should be short enough in length to prevent tripping
- For added safety, have children carry flashlights
- Facial make-up is the recommended means of disguise
- If masks are worn, eye holes should be large enough so as not to restrict vision
- Young children should be accompanied by adults or travel together in groups while trick-or-treating
- Ensure children trick-or-treat on one side of the street and avoid zigzagging across the road
- Cross only at corners
- Children should also be advised to walk on the sidewalks and stay off roads and lawns
Tips For Children:
- Trick-or-treating should occur in the early evening hours
- Always let your parents know where you will be going
- Never travel in areas that are dark and vacant
- Never talk to strangers
- Never go with anyone if your parent(s) or caregiver has not given you permission
- Never enter a home without your parent(s)’ or caregiver’s permission. Always stand at the door. Stay away from homes that are in total darkness.
- Never go anywhere with strangers or someone you don’t know very well. Always check with your parents first.
- Never enter a home of a stranger. Always stand at the door. Stay away from homes that are in total darkness.
- Take Halloween treats home for inspection by your parents before eating them
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