13 Halloween Safety Tips

By Constable Clinton Stibbe,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 10:34 a.m. October 31, 2016

Costumes and candy are lots of fun but the Toronto Police Service would like to remind everyone to be safe while trick-or-treating.

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Some things you may not think of include costume safety, candy cautions, trick-or-treat best practices and driver safety.  Below are some of the things that the Toronto Police Service would like to remind everyone about:

  • Put strips of reflective tape on the front and back of the costumes to make them more visible to drivers.

  • Your child's costume shouldn't drag on the ground — it's too easy to trip over. Shoes should be well-fitting and sturdy.

  • Don't allow children to carry sharp objects. Swords, knives, and any other accessories should be made of soft, flexible material.
  • If your child wears a mask, make sure it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough so that he or she can see. 

  • Make sure that treat bags are light-colored for easy visibility. Decorate them with reflective tape (you can find it in hardware, bicycle, or sporting goods stores).
  • No child should go trick-or-treating alone. Always accompany your younger children; older children can go in groups.
  • Allow children to go trick-or-treating early but avoid the evening rush hour. It's harder for motorists to see clearly during twilight than at any other time of day.
  • Give children specific neighborhood boundaries for trick-or-treating. Set a firm curfew.
  • Remind children to walk on sidewalks and be cautious when crossing streets.
  • Tell children to only go to homes and neighbors they know and only to houses with lights on.
  • Tell children to turn down all invitations to enter homes. Period.

  • Tell children to avoid even normally friendly neighborhood dogs, who can be startled by kids they know who are dressed in unfamiliar costumes. 

  • Drivers remember children may be preoccupied with the trick-or-treating and as a result may not be paying attention to the rules of the road. Keep vehicle speeds at or below the posted limits, and scan the road for children attempting to cross streets mid-block.

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