Halloween safety tips from RCMP

The following article has been supplied by RCMP:

With the excitement of Halloween, costumed kids sometimes forget their safety rules, which can make the evening dangerous as drivers navigate roads. However, there are a few things parents/guardians, children/teens and motorists can do to make sure everyone celebrates safely.

Parents and Guardians:

  • Know who your children are going trick-or-treating with and when they plan to return home.
  • Remind children to stay in their neighbourhood.
  • Remind children of which houses they can go to for safety if they get scared.
  • Remind children to respect others’ property by staying off of lawns and gardens and avoiding houses with the lights off.
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Children and Teens:

  • Do not go trick-or-treating alone; go with a trusted adult or a group.
  • Let your parents know where you are going and for how long.
  • Stay in your neighbourhood and know where trusted people live so you can go there if you get scared.
  • Do not visit houses with the lights off.
  • Cross the street at marked crosswalks and intersections.
  • Wait for an adult to inspect your candy before eating it.
  • Only eat things that are in unopened wrappers.
  • When you get home, keep your treats in a safe spot, away from small children and pets.

Motorists:

  • Drive slowly, especially in residential areas.
  • Approach intersections with extreme caution.
  • Limit distractions in your vehicle in case you need to react quickly.
  • If possible, avoid driving through subdivisions and areas full of trick-or-treaters.

Costume Tips:

  • Wear light coloured or bright costumes, reflective tape and arm bands to increase visibility.
  • Wear properly fitted costumes to reduce your chance of tripping.
  • Vision can be obstructed by masks. Wear makeup instead or make sure the mask has big enough eye openings to see clearly.