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Words to Haunt by for a Safe Halloween!

Words to Haunt by for a Safe Halloween!Milaspage / iStock / Getty Images Plus / Getty Images

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.

Upon returning:

  • 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! 


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