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How to make the most out of Halloween night: trick-or-treating that is fun and safe

If you can believe it, October is already nearing its end, which means that there are only a few days until Halloween. If you still haven’t figured out what your kids are going to dress up as this year, check out my last blog post on DIY Halloween Costumes.

Once you’ve got that part out of the way, you might have some concerns regarding child safety on Halloween night. While Halloween is one of the most exciting celebrations for children, it also has the potential for being one of the most dangerous nights of the year. But don’t let that stop you from having a fun and kid-friendly Halloween night! To help you navigate the evening, we’ve put together a list of trick-or-treating safety tips for kids.

Halloween Safety

Plan a familiar route in advance

Before hitting the streets Halloween night, make sure to plan out which neighbourhoods you and your child will be visiting. Avoid a longer-than-anticipated night-out by mapping out a path ahead of time. Stick to it to ensure that you don’t get lost, frustrated, over-tired, or all three!

Keep an eye out for moving vehicles

Eager trick-or-treaters often have a tendency to want to run across the street in order to seek out the houses with the most candy and the most exciting or scariest decorations.  Have a talk with your children before going out about staying together and crossing streets as a family. Bright coloured clothing and costumes also make it easier for cars to see you and your children on the streets.


Dress comfortably and weather-appropriately

It’s essential that every trick-or-treater wears comfortable and well-fitting shoes. If your kid’s shoes have laces, try double-knotting them so as to minimize the possibility of them falling and hurting themselves. As a safety precaution, avoid any shoes or boots with high heels.  Also be mindful of costume length to avoid tripping over long skirts, dresses or tails.

As the sun sets earlier and the nights are getting colder, it’s also important to remember to pack a fall jacket. If the weather forecast is calling for rain, make sure to pack an umbrella just in case.


Remember to bring a flashlight (or two!)

As we approach the end of Daylight Saving time, it’s getting darker out earlier and earlier. So, be sure to pack a flashlight with new batteries to ensure that your predetermined trick-or-treating path is well-lit. As an added safety precaution, bring a backup flashlight. Note: remember to test out both flashlights before you head out.


Be sure to carefully check all of the candy before allowing your children to eat any of it

Before letting your kids eat any of the candy they’ve collected, make sure to check it over very thoroughly. Anything that appears unsealed, homemade, suspiciously packaged, or discoloured should be thrown out immediately. In order to discourage your child from eating candy straight out of their trick-or-treat bags on Halloween night, bring some sweet snacks from home to satisfy their sweet tooth.

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Can you think of any tips that weren’t mentioned on this list? Comment below to let us know what you’re doing to keep your children safe on Halloween night.

Molly Kay

Molly is a freelance journalist and third-year student at the University of Toronto, pursuing a degree in French & German language and literature. When not writing and coordinating social media for the Family Care Office, she spends her time editing Victoria College's student newspaper, The Strand.

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