Halloween is on October 31


“Trick or treat” (Photo – istockphoto)

Halloween safety tips
Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul

Halloween is on October 31.
Trick-or-treating is a Halloween custom in Canada.
On this day, many children dress in costumes.
In the evening, children go to houses.*
They knock on doors
or ring bells.

Children say “trick or treat”!
Then neighbours give children candy
and children say, “thank you”.

Safety tips for trick-or-treating

  • Children should wear light-colored costumes,
    or glow-in-the-dark tape
    to the costume’s front and back.
  • Carry flashlights with new batteries.
  • Only go to houses with porch lights on
    and walk on sidewalks on lit streets.
  • Never go into strangers’ homes or cars.
  • Don’t buy a costume unless it’s labeled “flame-retardant.”


  • When your children get home,
    check all treats.
    Make sure they’re safely sealed.

Other trick-or-treat safety tips:
Click each photo to read the Halloween safety tips.

*A note to parents:
Younger children trick-or-treat
with their parents.
But many older children want to trick-or-treat
with their friends.

Some parents say 13 years old is a good age
to trick-or-treat with friends.
Others say 12 years old is fine.
Other parents also say nine or 10 years old is a good age.

A few days before Halloween,
sit down with your older children.
Plan a map where they will go for trick-or-treating.

Choose an area that:

  • Is safe
  • Has sidewalks
  • Is in a neighborhood you know
  • Is well-lit
  • Is highly populated, and
  • Is familiar to them.
  • Make sure children have a cell phone.
    Make sure the battery is fully-charged.
  • Call your children.
    Check to see that they have stayed in the area.