Choosing the right costume
- Use make-up or face paint instead of a mask. But before using paint or make-up do a patch test to see if your child has a reaction.
- If you do use a mask, make sure it fits properly and allows you to see and breathe easily.
- Pick brightly coloured costumes that can be seen by motorists. Add reflective tape to the costume to increase visibility.
- Look for costumes and accessories that are labelled flame-resistant.
- Avoid costumes that are too big or have pieces that dangle which can be a tripping hazard.
What to avoid when decorating
- Always have an adult carve the pumpkin. Children can help by drawing a face or design on it.
- Jack-o-lanterns can be fire hazards. Make sure to keep them away from curtains and other flammable objects, and do not leave them unattended. Instead of candles, consider using a small flashlight or battery candle to light up your jack-o-lantern.
- Keep candles in an area which children cannot reach.
- Do not over load extension cords.
- Make sure the lights are certified by a recognized organization such as CSA or ULC.
- Remove objects around the outside of your house that could cause children to trip or fall.
- Turn on your outdoor lights to increase visibility and let trick-or-treaters know they can visit.
Stay safe while trick or treating
- Keep your children safe by teaching them to stay visible and to be aware of their surroundings.
- Go trick or treating with your child until they are old enough to go with a friend.
- Carry flashlights if you are trick or treating in areas that are not well-lit. Only visit homes that have their outside lights turned on.
- Cross the street at a corner, and never between two parked cars.