Safe Trick or TreatingOctober 20, 2013

Safe Trick or Treating

Safe Trick or Treating

For young children, Halloween night is one of the best of the year. But trick-or-treating can be dangerous if kids and parents aren’t careful. Take a look at some of these trick-or-treating tips before heading out.  All of us here at Effort Trust hope you have a fun-filled Halloween.

Young children should always be accompanied by an adult. Older children should travel in pairs or groups and trick-or-treat only in their own neighbourhood or neighbourhoods that are familiar to them.

Trick-or-treating should occur only in the early evening hours and trick-or-treaters should stay away from any homes that are in total darkness. Children shouldn't enter homes under any circumstances.

Make certain that children travel along one side of the street at a time and cross only at corners or marked crosswalks.

Use makeup instead of a mask and avoid dark-coloured costumes. Attach reflective tape or other light-coloured material to the costume if needed. If you do decide to use a mask, make the eye holes large enough so that vision is not restricted.

To be extra safe use a flashlight.

Once the children arrive home, all treats should be inspected by parents before eating. Discard anything that looks homemade, is unwrapped or partially unwrapped. Children should not pick up any discarded candy or bags of candy they might find.

Most of all...have a great night of trick or treating.  Happy Halloween!