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Halloween Tips for Parents

  • Plan the route you and your children will take ahead of time. Always make sure to model for your kids the importance of staying in well-known areas, on well lit streets, avoiding shortcuts through back lanes or cutting through people’s property. Once your children are old enough to go out for Halloween without an adult accompanying them, know the route they will be taking.
  • Make sure younger children know their personal information (i.e. full name, address and phone number) in case they wander off.
  • Young children should be accompanied by a safe adult. Once children are old enough to go out on their own, they should use the buddy system or travel in groups. There is increased safety in numbers.
  • Teach your children to avoid going into people’s houses for treats. Instead encourage them to stand outside the door while waiting to receive their goodies.
  • Teach children never to go places with anyone without first having permission from you or the adult in charge.
  • If possible, have older children take a cell phone with them trick or treating.
  • For older children who are going out with friends, arrange both a time for the kids to check in (if they have a cell phone, they can keep in touch though texting) and a time to be home for the night. Have them call to make arrangements if plans change.
  • Teach children which houses in the neighbourhood they should go to for help if they run into any trouble.
  • Teach children to trust their instincts ― if something doesn’t feel right, talk to them about the importance of trusting that feeling and to remove themselves from the situation as soon as they can.
  • Make personal safety education an integral part of every day.