As Halloween approaches we know families and kids are getting excited to dress up, have fun and fill their bags with candy.
As our Calgary Communities, including the Hamptons, prepares to interact with neighbors at our doors and walk the our streets we want to ensure everyone stays safe and keeps the following things in mind when planning costumes and visiting neighbors.
Make sure costumes fit well and do not drag to avoid trips and falls. If a mask is part of your outfit, ensure it fits properly and has holes for the eyes and nose large enough so your vision and breathing are not impaired.
Safety while Trick or Treating
Carry a flashlight, and fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to increase visibility to passing vehicles. Only visit safe, trusted neighborhoods and approach homes where outdoor lights are on as a welcome sign.
If you are handing out treats this year, consider handing out non-food or healthier food items. After trick-or-treating, examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Throw out anything that is unwrapped or damaged. Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Family and Friends
It is important to treat or treat with others. It is not advisable to go out alone or be by yourself. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
It’s not just the kids who need to pay attention to the roads on Halloween night! Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.