It’s that time of year again where the ghosts, vampires, princesses and unique characters go around the neighbourhood looking for candy. The Alberta RCMP and AHS have a couple of tips on ensuring all the little goblins stay safe this Halloween.
“Every year, as expected, there is increased foot traffic out on our streets and sidewalks with people participating in different Halloween activities,” says Insp. Chris Romanchych, Alberta RCMP Traffic. “Trick-or-treating or not, it is important that we be mindful of pedestrians and look out for each other on the roads.”
Here are a couple of additional tips:
- Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Stay alert and watch for pedestrians.
- Carry a flashlight, wear a bright costume, or add reflective material to your costume so that motorists can easily see you.
- Ensure masks or hoods do not obstruct your vision and that you are able to see clearly.
- Be sure to use crosswalks and follow all traffic signals.
- Children should travel with parents, guardians, or in a trusted group.
- If you are pulling over in a neighbourhood or cul-de-sac, ensure you are parked in a legal spot and are not blocking any driveways, crosswalks, or intersections.
- Wear costumes and footwear that fit properly to reduce tripping and the risk of injury.
- When giving out treats, remember to leave your porch light on.
- Throw out homemade candy or baked goods made by people you don't know.
- Make sure to brush and floss to avoid tooth decay.
- Make sure an adult oversees all pumpkin carving activities. Never leave your child unsupervised.
- Never allow your child to carry a sharp or dangerous costume prop, such as a knife or sword.