Pumpkin Parades & Halloween Tips

Happy Halloween!  I would like to share some tips for a safe Halloween and let you know about several Pumpkin Parades that will be happening on November 1st.

Pumpkin Parades

Pumpkin Parades are events where local community members bring their jack-o-lanterns from Halloween to a neighbourhood park.  The jack-o-lanterns line the pathways of the park for everyone to admire and appreciate.  The next

day the pumpkins are removed and recycled by the City. 

In Ward 30, there are four Pumpkin Parades planned this November 1.

- Felstead Park
- Leslie Grove Park
- Phin Park
- Withrow Park

Tips for a safe Halloween  

The City of Toronto wants children to have a safe, fun Halloween this coming Monday. Toronto Fire Services is offering the following tips to assist parents in making it a safe occasion for all.

Before Halloween:
• Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Adding reflective tape or striping  to costumes and trick-or-treat bags provides greater visibility.
• Secure children's emergency identification (name, address, phone number) inside Halloween attire or on a bracelet.

On Halloween:
• Keep jack-o-lanterns and hot electric lamps far away from drapes, decorations, flammable materials or areas where children and pets will be standing or walking.
• Keep candles, matches and lighters out of the reach of children. If you use candles in jack-o-lanterns, try a tea light or short candle in a non-combustible holder. Place candlelit jack-o-lanterns on sturdy tables away from curtains. Never leave candles unattended.

When trick-or-treating:
• Accompany young children when they go out trick-or-treating.
• Carry a flashlight that has fresh batteries.
• Remind children of traffic safety rules such as crossing streets at corners - never from between parked cars.

Many more safety tips are available at http://www.toronto.ca/fire/prevention/halloween.htm

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