Have a Happy – and Safe – Halloween


The countdown is on and the kids are excited. This time next week, youngsters will be getting set to go out trick or treating. Here’s some handy advice to make this year’s Halloween outing extra fun and safe:

Accompany your kids. If they’re going trick or treating with friends, make sure an adult accompanies them.

Before leaving home, ensure costumes are safe. That means each child should be able to see clearly if he or she is wearing a mas. Also, walking or moving shouldn’t be impeded by the costume. If fabric or accessories are dragging on the ground, a quick fix will make the difference.

Set some ground rules before you head out.

1 – No eating loot until you get home. Explain why: it’s not safe.

2 – Stick with your friends/group/adult and only go to houses that are lit. If it’s dark, avoid it.

3 – Don’t run ahead or dart out onto the street. Stick to the sidewalk or the side of the road as you travel. Cross at crosswalks, if possible. 

4 – When you get home, wait for a second before you dive in and gobble. The treats should be inspected by an adult. Toss out the apples and any items with wrappings that are open, loose or broken.

5 – Only consume homemade treats if you know where they came from and you’re sure they’re safe.

6 – Set a limit of home many treats will be consumed on the 31st. You don’t want the kids to get sick.

7. Parents, after the kids go to bed, try and limit yourselves too. You don’t want to feel awful in the morning. 


Non-candy treats #FTW!

Wondering if you have enough candy? The right candy? And what about having something to offer those little ghosts and ghouls with allergies? 

The City of Ottawa facilities may have a solution for you. For $10 you can purchase 10 Trick or Swim or Skate passes. These passes are on sale until October 31 and can be redeemed by kids from aged three to 15 from November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018.

It’s a smart solution for those who can’t have tasty snacks, and also encourages kids to go and get active.

Tickets can be picked up at:

Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex-Orléans

Brewer Pool and Arena

Canterbury Recreation Complex

Deborah Anne Kirwan Pool

François Dupuis Recreation Centre

Goulbourn Recreation Complex

Jim Durrell Recreation Centre

Jack Purcell Community Centre

Kanata Leisure Centre and Wave Pool

Kanata Recreation Complex

Lowertown Pool

McNabb Recreation Centre

Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven

Pinecrest Recreation Complex

Plant Recreation Centre

Ray Friel Recreation Complex

Richcraft Recreation Complex-Kanata

Sawmill Creek Community Centre and Pool

Splash Wave Pool

Nepean Sportsplex

St-Laurent Complex

Walter Baker Sports Centre


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