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Happy Halloween Safety Tips

Happy Halloween

Right Reaction’s Halloween Safety Tips for Kids & Parents

Candy Safety


  • Kids should not open any candy until they return home
  • Kids should eat a meal before going out – don’t snack while trick-or-treating
  • Accept only packaged and wrapped candy
  • Do not eat any candy that has been unwrapped or opened
  • Never eat fruit or other unwrapped items
  • Parents/adults should inspect all candy for tampering before allowing kids to eat
  • Throw away ALL candy or food that is not wrapped tightly by the candy company
  • Throw away anything that looks like it may be unwrapped or punctured
  • Young children should not have hard candy, gum or anything that can become a choking hazard
  • Avoid tummy-aches by limiting the amount of candy consumed in a single day
  • If you find an object in the candy or if there is anything unusual about it, call the police or the Poison Control Centre at 1-800-268-9017 (Ontario)
  • Do not eat any homemade treats or candy that looks to be re-packaged in clear sandwich bags
  • If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, be sure to READ the


  • Don’t give your pets any treats from your Halloween candy – chocolate, raisins, nuts can be harmful or toxic for some pets
  • Don’t put your candy where you pets can get at it

Costume Safety

  • Wear flame retardant costumes
  • Try on costumes well in advance of wearing to allow time for alterations
  • Alter costumes’ length if required to ensure your costume isn’t a tripping hazard
  • Apply reflective tape to costumes to make them more visable
  • Avoid masks that obstruct vision – Use makeup instead if possible
  • Use only hypoallergenic and non-toxic makeup
  • Wear comfortable and practical shoes
  • Secure shoelaces properly to avoid tripping
  • Watch costumes near candles
  • Only costume weapons should be carried – they must be flexible and safe

Makeup Safety

  • Follow directions on package carefully
  • Don’t use products that are not intended for skin
  • Don’t use face paint near the eyes, even if the label shows a picture of people wearing near eyes
  • Don’t go to bed with your makeup on. Wearing it too long may irritate skin or get into eyes
  • Some hair sprays can become toxic and become absorbed through the skin
  • Remove all makeup, hair products, body stickers, temporary tattoos, fake eyelashes, etc before bed

Trick-or-Treating Safety

  • Plan your route before heading out
  • Trick-or-treat in familiar neighbourhoods
  • Carry a flashlight after dark
  • Trick-or-treat in groups with an adult
  • Stay on the sidewalks and OFF of the streets
  • Cross streets at crosswalks
  • Obey traffic lights at major intersections
  • RESPECT people’s property. Walk only on driveways and walkways unless invited onto grass
  • Watch for open flames on candles and in jack-o-lanterns.
  • Visit well-lit houses only. Skip houses that are dark or poorly lit
  • Never enter a house – unless you know the owners
  • Carry a spare Halloween bag in case of breakage
  • Never criss-cross a street – go up one side of block, then down the other side
  • WATCH for cars – remove masks, hoods, etc to LOOK properly for cars
  • Respect people & their property – be polite & say “Thank You”
  • Some people may not be home or may not give out candy – skip houses that don’t have lights on

Considerations for Houses Giving Out Candy

  • Do not give out homemade or unwrapped treats
  • Try to avoid candy with nuts or other allergens if possible
  • For young children, avoid giving out choking hazards such as gum, hard candies & small toys
  • If possible, consider different treats for younger kids and older kids
  • Make sure you have porch/house lights on to make it safer for trick-or-treaters
  • Light walkways and driveways
  • Don’t put jack-o-lanterns or candles too close to walkways or doors where candy is given out
  • Avoid strobe lights and never let them face a walkway – they can trigger seizures for some people
  • Make sure your property is safe for others who approach
  • Make walkways wide, decorations shouldn’t obstruct path
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