Halloween is around the corner. The holiday is well known to have safety risks. This is why RCMP has released some safety tips to help members of the community keep safe as they enjoy their trick or treating. The tips are for parents/guardians, children/teens as well as motorists out on the streets.

The following is the safety tips provided by RCMP:

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 and appropriate footwear to reduce your chance of slipping and falling
  • Vision can be obstructed by masks. Wear makeup instead or make sure the mask has big enough eye openings to see clearly
  • Dress for the weather conditions. Wear layers underneath your costume if temperatures are cold.

Happy Halloween, and keep safe.