It’s just around the corner! Halloween is that magical time of year when children get to dress up in wonderful and outrageous costumes walking the streets of the neighborhood. Area police forces are reminding parents about some safety tips to help make Halloween an enjoyable family event.
– Halloween night can be a chilly one so make sure that costumes are loose enough to be worn over warm clothing but not so baggy or long that “trick-or-treaters” can trip over their costumes.
– Trick-or-treaters should wear sturdy walking shoes.
– Choose brightly-coloured costumes that will be clearly visible to motorists. For greater visibility, add reflective tape into the costume.
– Make-up and face paint are better than wearing masks which can restrict breathing and/or vision.
– Swords, knives and similar accessories should be made of soft, flexible material.
– Look for costumes, beards and wigs that are labelled “Flame-Resistant”
– On Halloween, most “trick-or-treaters” set out around dusk but the youngest wave of ghosts, witches and rock stars might begin ringing your bell in the late afternoon.
– Parents should accompany their children each year until the children are old enough to go by themselves. Still, safety-minded parents can follow along at a distance to keep an eye on the children.
– The treats are the best part of Halloween! But before your children begin to eat their loot, make sure you examine it first. Throw out any treats that are not wrapped, those in torn or loose packages, or any that have small holes in the wrappers.
– Check toys or novelty items for small parts and do not allow children under three years old to play with them. (OPP news release)