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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

Download a PDF version of the tips featured on this page.