The Dos and Don'ts of a Spooktacular Halloween

Halloween can be a lot of fun as ghosts, ghouls, superheroes and monsters take over the neighbourhood. At the same time, there’s a lot going on; children are super-excited and the evenings are getting darker earlier. It’s important for everyone to take a little extra care.

To help ensure a safe and happy Halloween for all, AMA has put together a list of dos and don’ts to help parents, homeowners, drivers and, most importantly, trick-or-treaters prepare for and celebrate the big night.

Tips to get Halloween-ready

  • DO choose brightly coloured costumes to increase visibility at night. If your child insists on going as Darth Vader, add reflective strips or give them a few glow sticks to help them stand out.
  • DON'T wear masks that can obstruct your child’s view or ill-fitting costumes that may cause them to trip.
  • DO pick costumes that are flame-resistant like polyester and nylon.
  • DON'T leave dangerous items like tools, cords or debris on your driveway, walkway or yard
  • DO plan your child’s trick-or-treat route in advance, especially if they’ll be going out with friends.

Tips for trick-or-treaters

  • DO travel in small groups of four or five and ensure you stay together during the night. If your child’s going out with friends, know where they’re going and set check-in times.
  • DON'T visit houses without any lights on. 
  • DO  remember to cross the road safely at crosswalks or street corners. Point to indicate your intent to cross, pause to double-check and make eye contact with any drivers, then proceed when it’s safe to do so. 
  • DON'T walk on the street – stick to the sidewalks. 
  • DO wait until you’re home to eat your treats after they’ve been examined by an adult. Candy should be thrown out if the package is already open.

Tips for drivers

  • DO expect the unexpected. Watch out for excited children who may dart across the road.
  • DON’T get distracted. Put away your cellphone or other electronic devices.
  • DO make eye contact with pedestrians. Err on the side of caution if you’re not sure. Remember that all pedestrians have the right of way.
  • DON’T drink and drive. If you’re at a party, make it none for the road and plan for a safe ride home.

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