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Nearly 11,000 Grade One Teacher Kits distributed to Canadian schools;
New website and online Halloween game launched

October 27, 2009

Winnipeg, MB: Halloween is a time of great excitement for children, but sometimes in the midst of that excitement, important safety strategies can be forgotten. To help protect children from victimization this Halloween, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, in partnership with Honeywell, has unveiled the Billy Brings his Buddies Halloween Game, an exciting interactive online game for children.

"While Halloween night is fun and exciting, it is important that children are aware of the risks and familiar with strategies to keep them safe," said Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. "It's important that parents talk to their kids about safe practices to reduce their chance of being harmed."

Aimed at first grade students, the new Halloween game teaches children the importance of always having a trusted adult with them when out trick-or-treating. The launch of the new online Halloween game coincides with the unveiling of the new Billy Brings his Buddies website,

The website provides parents and educators with information on the Billy program and the Buddy System; access to games and downloadable activities to reinforce the Buddy System; as well as information on other age-appropriate child personal safety strategies, activities and storybooks.

"Keeping our children safe is vital", states Brian Stoddart, Director of Human Resources, Honeywell Canada. "We are proud to partner with the Canadian Centre to provide parents and educators with the right tools to educate children on safety strategies for Halloween and throughout the year."

In addition, for the fourth consecutive year the Canadian Centre and Honeywell are distributing nearly 12,300 Billy Brings His Buddies Grade One Teacher Kits to schools across Canada free of charge this month. The kit, designed to help educators teach their students about the Buddy System, includes new activities for use in the classroom, as well as a couple of new at-home activities to send home for parents to complete with their children.

If you are a member of the media and would like to arrange an interview with one of our spokespeople please contact our communications team:

Communications, Canadian Centre for Child Protection

204-801-2979 (Cell)


Billy Brings his Buddies - Halloween Safety

In partnership with Honeywell, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection's Kids in the Know program has unveiled a new Billy Brings his Buddies Halloween Game to help parents reinforce the Buddy System with their children. This exciting new interactive online game teaches children the importance of always having another individual, a 'Buddy,' accompany them when they are out trick-or-treating. Parents are encouraged to visit to access the new online Halloween game, or for more information on the Billy Brings his Buddies program.

Halloween Safety Tips for Parents:

  • Plan the route you and your children will take ahead of time. Talk to them about the importance of staying in well-known areas, on well-lit streets, and about avoiding shortcuts through back lanes or cutting through people's property. Once they are old enough to go out without an adult accompanying them, make sure they know the route they will be taking.
  • Young children should be accompanied by a trusted adult. Once children are old enough to go out on their own, they should use the Buddy System or travel in groups. There is increased safety in numbers!
  • Teach your children to avoid going into people's homes for treats. Instead, encourage them to stand outside the door while waiting to receive their goodies!
  • Teach children not to go places with anyone without first having permission from you or the adult in charge.
  • For older children who are going out with friends, arrange a time for them to check in and a time for them to be home for the night. Have them call to make arrangements if plans change.
  • Make sure younger children know their personal information (full name, address and phone number) in case they wander off.
  • Teach children which houses they can go to if they run into any trouble, such as Block Parent houses or homes of trusted friends.
  • If possible, have older children take a cell phone with them trick-or-treating.
  • Teach children to trust their instincts. Talk to them about the importance of knowing that when something doesn't 'feel right' to them, and to trust that feeling and remove themselves from the situation as soon as they can.
  • Make personal safety education an integral part of your family's everyday life.