Halloween is the time of year when all the little ghosts and ghouls get to dress up. They wander through Calgary’s neighbourhoods, knocking on doors and collecting treats. It can be very fun, as long as it’s a safe experience. We have put together safety information to help you and your little trick or treaters stay safe on Halloween.
If you are planning on hosting a halloween event or exibit, make sure you review all of the halloween special event safety requirements.
Don’t be afraid to call 9-1-1 if there is an emergency or if you are in need of help.
Keep an eye out for us
The Partners for Safety will be patrolling Calgary streets to give trick-or-treaters easy access to help. More than 800 vehicles from Transit, Bylaw, Fire, Police and EMS will be patrolling from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. should someone need assistance. Fire stations will also be open, between emergency calls, as safe places for anyone needing help.
Home and decorations
To help prevent fires and injuries, follow these tips:
- Ensure your front entrance is well-lit to welcome trick-or-treaters.
- Keep front lawns and pathways clear of obstacles.
- Keep pets contained and away from the front entrance.
- Avoid using real candles, especially where people walk by, and consider using battery-operated candles or glow sticks.
It’s important to pick your costume carefully so that you are safe while trick-or-treating.
- Avoid costumes made of flammable materials and long trailing fabrics.
- Chose properly fitting costumes and footwear.
- Weapons or Accessories shouldn’t look too real and should be made of flexible material that cannot cause harm.
- Ensure your mask doesn’t limit your vision or try using face paint instead of a mask.
- Dress for the weather. The temperature in Calgary drops quickly, so dress warm.
Calgary gets dark quickly in the evening and as the sun goes down it gets harder for drivers to see trick-or-treaters. Follow these tips to stay visible:
- Try to trick-or-treat while it’s light out.
- Attach reflective tape or glow sticks.
- Wear bright and visible costumes.
- Carry a flashlight or glow stick.
- Travel in groups.
During Halloween, use extreme caution when driving! Reduce speed to 20km/hr in communities with trick-or-treaters.
Trick-or-treating should be fun and safe for everyone. Remember these tips to have a safe night out:
- Young Children should always be accompanied by an adult.
- Discuss and plan a route and where to meet after.
- Stay on sidewalks, cross at intersections, and look both ways before crossing.
- Do not enter the home of a stranger.
- Do not approach homes that are unlit or undecorated.
- Carry a cell phone in case of emergencies, but don’t let it distract you!
- Ensure all candy is inspected and tested by an adult.
Partners for safety
For over 25 years the Calgary Partners for Safety, coordinated by Calgary’s Child Magazine, have worked together to keep Halloween safe and fun for everyone. The partners include the Calgary Police Service, Emergency Medical Services, CEMA (Calgary Emergency Management Agency), Calgary Fire Department, Calgary Transit, Calgary Community Standards (Bylaw and Calgary 9-1-1), and Global Calgary.