The trick to making trick-or-treating a real treat is by following these hints offered by the Missing Children's Network:
Choosing your Costume:
- Choose a costume and accessories that are fire retardant, clearly visible and marked with reflective tape.
- Check the length of your costume in order to ensure that you will not trip.
- Wear make-up instead of a loose-fitting mask that can restrict breathing or obscure your vision.
Before you leave the house:
- Plan a safe route with your parents in your immediate neighbourhood.
- Identify Block-Parent houses along the route. If there aren't any, choose with your parents a safe house where you can seek refuge if you need help.
- Review street safety rules with your parents: make sure to always stay on the sidewalks, cross only at intersections, obey traffic lights and look both ways before crossing.
- Eat a snack before you head out to have fun. That way you will be less tempted to sample your goodies before you get home.
- Ask your parents for some change in order to call them in case of emergency. Remember that 911 is always free.
- Determine with your parents a definite time to return home.
- Bring a flashlight in order to see and be seen by motorists.
Along the route:
- Use the buddy system: always stay with your group of friends. It's a lot safer… And a lot more fun!
- Visit only those homes that are well-lit and decorated and always wait on the porch.
- Avoid deserted homes.
- Never accept a ride or go with anyone unless you have your parents' permission.
- All good things must come to an end!
- Don't forget to respect the agreed upon time to return home.
- Ask your parents to inspect all your treats and immediately discard any goodies that are not wrapped. Then, you may sample one or even two of your yummy treats!
- Take some time to unwind by sharing with your parents all the fun you had trick-or-treating and you can even start planning next year's Halloween costume!