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Halloween Safety Tips & Tricks for Trick-or-Treaters in 2017

With witches, goblins, and super-heroes descending on neighbourhoods across Canada and the United States, we’ve updated some of the best safety tips to help prepare their children for a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat holiday.

Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common sense practices can keep events safer and more fun!

Ten Halloween Safety Tips

  1. Children should always be accompanied by an adult.
  2. Children should wear clothing that is easily visible in the dark – reflective materials are the best.
  3. Trick or treat in areas that are well known to children and do not wander into unknown neighbourhoods.
  4. All candies need to be carefully inspected by adults to make sure they have not been tampered with. If you find a suspicious candy, you need to contact the police.
  5. Coach your children to stay away from stray or unknown animals.
  6. Make sure your kids, if they’re wearing masks, wear masks that do not interfere with their vision. It is much better to create a face mask using makeup.
  7. Children need to watch for any vehicles on the road very carefully and not run across the streets.
  8. Costumes need to be short enough to make sure the child doesn’t trip.
  9. Give your Trick or Treaters a flashlight, to make it fun, pick up some different coloured gels and let them pick their favourite light colors over their flashlights. 
  10. If you have any doubts about letting children go house to house, organize a party for children in the neighbourhood with their friends and other parents. This will make it fun and safe at the same time.
  11. If your kids are going to be going out alone, then take the time to plan out a route so everyone knows the plans and can stick to it.
  12. This one is for the dual mobile phone (and brave) household. Give your child your mobile phone (or your spouses cell phone) – turn on “Location Services” and that will allow you to track their current location with decent accuracy.
  13. Remind your kids not to eat their treats and goodies until they are examined by an adult at home, candy should not be eaten if the package is already opened. If they receive any homemade items, then make sure your kids know who gave this to them and if they are unsure, out it goes.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween and send your comment, suggestions, and experiences in – your input is always welcomed!


About the author

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

Linda Jacobs - October 24, 2010

Hope you can add this to your Halloween safety tips.


    Hanna Trafford - October 25, 2010

    Thank you so much Linda – I will most definitely add your information and wish I have thought of including in in the first place. I really appreciate that people like you take the interest and send me a message – I will also look for similar information for Canada and add it. It anyone has an addition or more comments. please send them in to me.

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