Halloween is tomorrow tonight and HRM Partners in Policing remind trick-or-treaters, parents and drivers alike to take precautions during the evening.
Motorists should use extra caution, particularly in residential areas, while children are encouraged to follow these recommended safety rules:
- Dress in a brightly coloured costume. Carry a flashlight and stay to well-lit areas.
- Go trick-or-treating with at least one other trick-or-treater, or a responsible adult.
- Discuss your route with your parents before you leave and make sure they know what time you’ll be home.
- Try to limit criss-crossing the street. Go down one side of the street and up the other to limit the number of times you cross.
- Never go inside a house, apartment or car of someone you don’t know. Stay on the doorstep or sidewalk while trick-or-treating.
- Have your parents check your treats before digging in.
- Remember to dress warmly and have fun!
Homeowners can also follow a few basic tips to make trick-or-treaters feel safe:
- Keep porch lights or external security lights on.
- Keep doors clear and accessible. Avoid decorating entrances with flammable material and ensure decorations don’t pose a tripping hazard.
- Don’t invite children inside your home.
- Only give out commercially wrapped candy and snacks.
- Call police immediately if you spot suspicious activity.
- Keep Fido and Fluffy indoors.
On top of the regular patrol complement, the HRP/RCMP Integrated Traffic Unit will be working to monitor speeds, crosswalks and stop signs in residential areas. Community Officers will also be out in their communities to help ensure the safety of our trick-or-treaters and looking for out any suspicious activity or acts of vandalism.
Let’s work together to make it a ‘fangtastic’ Halloween!