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Have a safe and spooky Halloween

Published on Oct 30, 2012 | Last updated Sep 18, 2019 1 minute read

Halloween is great time to dress up your home, your kids and your lawn, but follow our tips for having a safe and fun time.


  • Check your kids costume to make sure they will not trip over them when going up steps.
  • Wear warm clothing to keep warm if it’s a cold night.
  • Select brightly-coloured costumes and have the kids wear face paint or make-up as opposed to a mask.
  • When buying wigs, fake beards and costume materials, look for “flame resistant” on the label.
  • Add reflective tape to costumes or the child’s treat bag to make sure they are visible to cars.

Decorating your home

  • Fake candles that run on batteries are available at dollar stores and are a safe alternative to putting candles outside or putting them inside jack-o-lanterns.
  • On October 31, turn on your outside lights and clear leaves or debris that may block the path to your door.
  • Condo owners and apartment dwellers often have a candy area set up in the lobby of the building.

Candy consumption

  • Before you let the kids enjoy their treats, carefully inspect the candy and toss any opened candies.
  • If your child has a food allergy, pay close attention to the ingredients listed on the candy and be prepared to throw out anything that does not have them.

Travelling on Halloween

  • Watch out for excited children who may dart out in the road while you are driving.
  • Obey the traffic signals and be alert.
  • If you choose to drink, have a designated driver, money for a taxi or a place to stay the night.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!