Police are reminding both parents and trick-or-treaters that practicing safety precautions will make this Halloween a memorable one.

For both Children and Parents:

  • Provide your child with a flashlight and select a costume with bright colours and reflective material to increase visibility to drivers.
  • Use makeup instead of masks. Masks can reduce one’s ability to see obstacles, vehicles, and other people.
  • Walk, don’t run and remember to stop, look and listen before crossing the street.
  • Never criss-cross the street. Cross at crosswalks or intersections. Call on one side of the street, then the other.
  • Never trick or treat alone, go in a group or with an adult. Draw a map outlining the route and set a curfew.
  • Stay in familiar neighbourhoods and only go to homes that are well lit and that are participating in Halloween.
  • Never go inside a stranger’s house to get your treat.
  • Always have your treats checked by an adult before eating them.

For Motorists:

  • Drive slowly in residential areas where children are more like to be trick or treating.
  • Watch out for children, many of whom may be wearing costumes with masks that make it difficult for them to see. Children are excited; they may
    dart out in traffic,
  • Reduce your distractions and stay alert.
  • Remember to enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully. Proceed with caution,
  • Never Drive Impaired

West Parry Sound Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Mike Gordon says, “Traffic safety is everyone’s responsibility. Please drive carefully during Halloween”.