For many children and adults, Halloween is the best night of the year. It’s full of candy, costumes and fun with friends. In addition to complying with COVID-19 provincial directives, Halifax Regional Police is sharing tips for those who are planning to trick-or-treat.
- Like everyday, avoid distractions and make sure to pay close attention.
- Drive slowly and be careful backing up.
- Drive with extra caution in residential areas.
Tips for trick-or-treaters, parents and guardians
- follow normal pedestrian safety rules. Look both ways before crossing the street and watch for vehicles (especially vehicles backing out of driveways)
- trick-or-treat together; never alone
- try to limit crisscrossing the street. Go down one side of the street, then up the other
- ensure Halloween costumes are bright, reflective and fit well
- carry a flashlight and stay in well-lit areas
- confirm that costumes allow the wearer to see clearly
- be sure an adult checks all Halloween candy before trick-or-treaters dig in
- trick-or-treaters should tell their parents and/or guardians their Halloween route and when they expect to be home
- dress for the weather
- watch for open flames and be careful around jack-o-lanterns
- stay outside while trick-or-treating, never enter someone's home
Tips for homeowners
- keep your doorway well-lit; clear of tripping hazards and open flames
- give out only commercially wrapped snacks
- ensure trick-or-treaters stay outside of your home
- keep pets inside on Halloween as costumes and loud noises may scare them
- contact police if you spot suspicious activity