RCMP Want Kids To Have A Safe Halloween

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 10:09 AM

Super heroes and princesses will be marching alongside witches and ghosts tonight.

RCMP are offering some tips to help keep kids safe as they trick or treat.

Older children going out on their own should go in a group and let someone know where they are travelling and when they'll return.

Everyone should have masks that don't obstruct their vision, costumes that won't trip them up and either wear something reflective or carry glow sticks or flashlights to be seen.

Cpl. Jennifer Clarke says there are some courtesies kids should be aware of as well.

"Remind kids to respect other people's property by staying off lawns and gardens. People don't usually want people to walk across their lawn or through their shrubs to get the candy. If a house has its lights off, that's a pretty clear sign that that person isn't really interested in participating in Halloween."

Clarke also reminds drivers to be alert, and slow down while kids are out tonight.

A full list of safety tips from RCMP include:

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.
 
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.