By Alicia McAuley
Whether you’re roaming the neighbourhood with your little trick-or-treaters or staying home on candy duty, consider these tips from Health Canada for having a fun and safe Halloween.
• Do a quick check of your property before the trick-or-treaters arrive. Remove any objects that little ones could trip over, and be sure to leave a light on—not just so kids know you’re home, but also to help light their path.
• Make sure trick-or-treaters are easily visible. Whether you incorporate reflective tape into your child’s costume or give them a small flashlight to carry, it’s important to make sure that kids are easy to spot as the evening gets darker. If kids are trick-or-treating with friends, remind them to keep to well-lit areas and not to walk on the road.
• Put a stop to snacking. Make sure kids eat dinner before they hit the trick-or-treating trail to curb the urge to snack on candy before it’s been inspected by an adult. And be especially careful to remind kids not to eat any homemade or unwrapped treats from people they don’t know.
• Inspect that goodie bag! Throw out any treats that are not wrapped, those in torn or loose packages, or any that have small holes in the wrappers. It’s always better to be safe than sorry—when it doubt, throw it out!