Every October 31, millions of kids (and parents) across Canada and around the world, don their favourite silly and scary costumes and head out into the neighbourhood for an evening of Halloween hilarity.
Before they do, here are a few simple tips to keep your little trick-or-treaters out of harm’s way:
- Safe – and comfy – costumes: If your kids are trick-or-treating, make sure they wear bright colours with reflective tape on their arms and legs, back and front. Costumes should not be too tight and their shoes should not be too loose. And ensure any masks they wear don’t obscure their vision. If they’re carrying props, make sure there are no pointy or sharp edges that could injure them or other children.
- Shiny and happy: Give each child a flashlight to help them get around in the dark and to make them more visible – glow sticks are also a great idea.
- Adult supervision: Whether it’s you or an older teen, always make sure young children are supervised. And never allow children to walk into a stranger’s home.
- Candy rush: Tell your children to bring home their candy before they begin eating it. That way you can inspect it for anything that looks suspicious or tampered with.
And if kids are headed to your home for treats, here are a few ways to keep your home comfortable and safe for not just kids on Halloween, but for everyone coming to your home:
- To the doghouse: Your dog or cat may love children but pets can feel threatened and children can get scared. That’s why it’s best to keep your pets inside and away from the door while kids come knocking or you have any new visitors to the home.
- Lights on! Bright lights outside and in your home are usually a good way to signal that you have treats to hand out. If you don’t, or you’ve run out, simply turn out your porch or front entrance lights.
- Clear the way: Make sure the path from the sidewalk to your front door is cleared of any stray branches, gardening equipment, plants, garbage bags or other items. If it’s a cool night and it’s rained or snowed, take care to ensure the pathway isn’t icy.
For more ways to keep your home comfortable, on Halloween and the other 364 days a year, keep an eye out for our tips and blog posts in our Reliance emails. No matter how you and your family choose to celebrate Halloween, we hope you have a happy and safe season!