Halloween is a favourite day of the year for many children. It's important for kids and parents to have a plan and make sure they both do their part to have a safe and fun Halloween night.
Kara Zukewich is the Child Injury Prevention Coordinator at the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute. She has some tips that can make a difference on the big night.
"We want kids and parents to plan their route so that we know where they're at. Stay in well-lit areas and, if possible, wear some costumes with bright colours or some reflectors so that people driving down the street can see the children," Zukewich said.
Kids can get overly excited and cross the street without looking, or have their vision impaired by a costume or mask. Make sure your kids are mindful of their own safety. Zukewich also suggests children over the age of nine travel in groups with some older kids or have adult supervision. While kids younger than nine be watched by adults at all times.
Once the trick-or-treating is over, the parent's job isn't according to Zukewich. She says to always go through your kids' candy haul and double check for any abnormalities.
"Just make sure your children don't eat any of the treats until you've had a chance to go through them. Certainly, throw out any candy that is not wrapped, torn or has loose packaging or holes in it," she said. "Don't let them eat homemade treats unless you trust the person that has provided them."
Kids aren't the only ones who need to be cautious on Halloween. There are some simple tips for adults to help make tonight better for everyone.
"Whenever you're driving in a residential area slow down and be alert for children. Go into driveways slowly and carefully," she offers. "If you're staying home to hand out candy, make sure there's nothing in your yard that young children can trip over. Leave those porch lights or exterior lights on so that people have a path and can see all the way to your house."
Temperatures are expected to hover around five degrees with a possibility of some flurries. Zukewich's last piece of advice is to make sure kids are covered up and don't have any skin exposed.