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Halloween

The Town of Riverview wants everyone to have a safe and fun Halloween. Motorists are reminded to use extra caution driving on October 31 as excited children may forget street safety. The Town encourages trick-or-treating between 5-8 p.m. A year-round curfew exists for children under sixteen (By-law 700-20). Youth are not allowed on streets after 10 p.m. without adult supervision.

Riverview trick-or-treaters, parents, and homeowners should consider these helpful safety tips when planning their Halloween celebrations.

Costumes

  • Check that costumes are flame retardant so little ones are not in danger near burning jack-o-lanterns and other fire hazards.
  • Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls, and other bumps in the night.
  • Try makeup instead of masks. They can obstruct a child's vision - a dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps.
  • Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.
  • Avoid hard plastic or wood props such as daggers and swords. Substitute with foam rubber that is soft and flexible.

Around the home

  • Leave front lights on so that trick-or-treaters have a well-lit path to your door.
  • Remove tripping hazards such as planters and decorations set on stairs.
  • Keep pets inside.
  • Avoid using candle-lit jack-o-lanterns; instead, place battery-powered tea lights inside pumpkins.