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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips
October 29th, 2018 - Police & the Community

As you put the final touches on your costumes, keep these safety tips in mind to make sure your Halloween is a fun and not frightful night!

Travelling:

  • Drivers should watch for children walking on the road or between parked cars.
  • Drivers should slow down when travelling on Halloween night.
  • Check all mirrors and the surrounding area before reversing from driveways.
  • Walk between trick-or-treating stops, don’t run.
  • Do not cut across lawns or take short-cuts.
  • Stay on the sidewalks or walk on the left-hand side of the street facing traffic if there is no sidewalk.

Trick-or-treating:

  • Costumes should not be so long that they are a hazard or could cause a child to trip.
  • Add strips of reflective tape, lights or carry a flashlight or glow stick to make children visible.
  • Masks should not obstruct a child's vision. Facial makeup is recommended over masks.
  • Although tampering is rare, remind children not to eat any treats until they return home and the items are inspected.
  • Discuss trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules with your children.
  • Do not talk to strangers and never enter anyone's home or vehicle.

At your home:

  • Make sure the path to your door is free of trip hazards or other obstacles.
  • Accessorize your pumpkin with a glow stick or a battery-operated candle.
  • Keep pets inside and away from trick-or-treaters, especially if they are easily frightened or become over-excited in the presence of strangers.

Our final tip: enjoy yourself! We hope you have a hauntingly happy night trick-or-treating!