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Safety tips for trick-or-treating in your community

October 16, 2018 Topics: Qualico Communities, Taylor Farm, Sage Creek, Ridgewood West, River Park South, Southlands Village, Winnipeg, Halloween
Halloween is a fun time for kids to dress-up, stay-up late and eat candy. With all of this excitement and distractions, it’s easy for a pleasantly spooky night to turn into a scary one. These quick safety tips will help ensure a safe evening of trick-or-treating in your community.

Costumes

Size

Kid’s costumes should fit properly so that they have a full range of motion. To avoid tripping, it’s important that the hem of their costume is well above the ground.

Colour

For optimum safety it’s best to choose bright coloured costumes or use reflective accessories with dark apparel.

Comfort

Since October is already pretty cold in Manitoba, it’s important that kids stay warm. Layering up works wonders; use multiple thin shirts and tights underneath a costume to help ward off wind. Pair these with flat comfortable boots to keep toes toasty and to help avoid slipping on wet leaves (or snow).

Homes


Tidy-up

Homeowners who are handing out candy should remove any obstacles near their walkways and steps. This will help prevent children from tripping on objects such as garden decorations, hoses or bikes.

Keep areas bright

Homeowners should keep the lights in their front porch on and replace any burnt-out bulbs. Not only does a bright house signal to children that you’re handing out candy but it also helps them see where they’re going to stay safe.

Pets

It’s best to keep pets away from the door as it is safer for both your furry friends and the trick-or-treaters. Barking can create a stressful situation for young children and pets may inadvertently jump on visitors.

Trails


Who to go with

Young children should always be accompanied by an adult while trick-or-treating. Older children are encouraged to go in groups but if they are going alone, it’s a good idea to plan and review a route that is acceptable with their parents. It’s also handy to have a cell phone for quick communication.

Visibility

Since the sun sets quite early in October, chances are it’s going to be dark when children start trick-or-treating. Carrying flash lights, glow sticks or clipping on a bike light will help kids see their paths clearly.

Keep your eyes open

When trick-or-treating remember to stay vigilant and always be aware of your surroundings. Use the paths as much as possible and remember that the roads are shared spaces. If you’re in a vehicle during Halloween, drive slow and be on the lookout for any wandering children.

Keep these safety tips in mind when trick-or-treating in the your community. For additional Halloween fun, take a look at To Do Canada's website to find family friendly activities in your area. Click here to learn more.

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