Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children. And who could blame them? Nothing is more fulfilling than going door to door, trick-or-treating for free sweets. However, it is also important to exercise caution during this time due to multiple factors. Read below for situations that you might encounter and how to overcome them.



It is starting to get dark or is completely dark when going trick-or-treating.

  • Make sure that you map out your route so that you do not get lost in the neighbourhood.
  • With young children, it is important to bring a parent or guardian along with you.
  • If you are older and are not going with a parent or guardian, it is a good idea to at least go with a friend or sibling so that you are not alone.
  • Wear reflective clothing or glow sticks so that you are obvious to traffic.

Candy and sweets can come in many different forms.

  • Consume only the candy that has come prepackaged by a familiar brand. These brands can often be found at your local grocery store.
  • Do not consume anything that looks like it could be made at home such as cookies and other desserts, unless you know the individual who made them and can trust them.
  • Inspect your candy for anything suspicious before eating it. On that note, wait until you get home to eat candy so that you have time to look it over first.
  • Be careful if you have allergies, to look for the warning labels on packaged candy.

Being seen/heard is important.

  • Like mentioned above, wear something reflective or even glow sticks.
  • Try to choose make-up over masks to prevent vision obstruction. This also makes you easier to recognize in case you get lost from your group.
  • If you can, bring along a cell phone so that in the case you get misplaced from the group, you can contact them.

For some places in North America (especially Canada), it can get very cold at night.

  • Bundle up. Put a long sleeved shirt or two under your costume and be prepared.
  • If it happens to be snowing, bring along a winter coat, mittens, and wear warm boots.
  • At some stores, you can purchase hand and feet warmers to keep everything cozy.


Essentially, it is important to be careful but have fun at the same time! After all, Halloween only comes around once a year. Enjoy it! And now, for a little bit of humour to end off the week: An Official Guide to Halloween Candy!

Halloween 2015 Infographic
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