Here are some of our favourite safety tips for the spooky season:
For the kids:
Add some light coloured elements, or better yet reflective tape/materials to your costume to make you more visible.
Use scary makeup instead of a mask so you can see properly.
Walk around the house in your costume before you go out. Make sure that it fits well and no pieces drag or trip you.
Carry a flashlight and wear a watch so you know when it’s time to head for home.
Wear comfortable (warm!) shoes.
Stay in familiar neighborhoods and well-lit streets. Stay on the sidewalk, cross at the crosswalk only, and look both ways before crossing the street.
Have a planned route and travel in groups, accompanied by an adult or an older sibling.
Stay away from pets you don’t know unless the owner is around and can help you approach the animal safely.
Do Trick-or-Treating early in the evening (that’s when all the best candy is out!).
Trick or Treat only at houses that have their outside lights on.
Remember not to go inside the house, instead wait outside the door for treats.
Remember to save all treats until you get home so a parent or older sibling can check over all the treats to keep you safe.
If you have allergies, make sure to give any homemade treats to parents to check over and don’t eat them unless you know the ingredients.
If you see someone in trouble, call for help. Get an adult or older sibling to call 9-1-1.
For the grown ups:
– Make sure your yard is clear of tripping hazards like hoses and extension cords
– Pets can get frightened with all the new visitors and costumes. Keep them inside or locked up in the yard.
– If you are handing out candy, make sure your outside lights are on and there is a clear path to the door.
– Drive with extra caution and reduce speed on the evening of the 31st as there will be many excited trick or treaters running around who may not be paying attention.
– If you see a crime in progress (such as mischief, vandalism or theft from auto) please call 9-1-1. If you notice the results of a crime the morning after, please report it to our non-emergency line at 777-6500.
If your child is trick or treating:
– Make sure they eat supper before heading out
– Make sure their costume fits well and is visible at night
– Talk to them about the route, when they should return home, and what to do in case of emergency.
– Young children should be accompanied by an adult or older sibling
– Although tampering is rare, check through your child’s treats and throw out anything that looks suspect.
On behalf of the RPS have a safe and spooky Halloween!