Halloween is all about dressing up, having fun and scoring some free candy. Basically, it’s the best return on investment a kid could ask for.

To make sure that your Halloween is safe and spooky, we’ve compiled a list of Halloween safety tips.

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Tip 1: Wear reflective clothing

It’s dark by 6 pm in most of Canada on October 31st and the chance of rain or snow is high. This combo creates a witch’s brew of poor visibility.

Incorporate glow-in-the-dark decorations or reflective tape to your kid’s costume so drivers can easily see them.

If you’re taking your kids trick-or-treating, consider wearing a reflective vest for even greater visibility.

Tip 2: Bring water

Kids spend between one and three hours trick-or-treating depending on their age and commitment level.

Between lugging a bag of candy around and being under multiple layers, your child will sweat. Bring water and make sure you take breaks to rehydrate.

Children over 8 should drink about 8 cups of water a day.

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Tip 3: Practice road safety

Yes, this one is important year-round, but especially on Halloween.

Here are some best practices:

  • Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks, and avoid crossing yards.
  • Cross streets at the corner, use crosswalks where they exist, and do not cross between parked cars.
  • Stop at all corners and stay together in a group before crossing.
  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.

Tip 4: Slow down

This applies to kids and parents, but especially to drivers.

There’s a lot of activity on the roads on Halloween. Choosing to slow down gives you extra road awareness and allows you to anticipate situations before they become accidents.

For instance, at 65 km/h it takes 36 meters (nine car lengths) to come to a full stop. Driving 15 km/h slower means it only takes 23 meters (six car lengths) to stop.

Have a safe and spooky Halloween!

There you have it, four tips to make your Halloween safe. By being mindful and proactive instead of reactive you’re making sure that you and your kids have a fun-filled night. The only danger left now is kids with sugar rushes.

 

Is there a Halloween safety tip that we missed?

Comment below with your favourite safety tips!

Julie McFater

Director of Marketing

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