Stay secure while trick or treating

Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety.

The Town encourages motorists to be cautious on the roads on Thursday, October 31st and also invites parents to review some essential safety tips with their children.

Members of the Public Security Department will be on the streets from 5:30 pm until approximately 8:30 pm to ensure the safety of children and their escorts.

Stay secure while trick or treating

Keep your children safe by teaching them to stay visible and to be aware of their surroundings.

  • Rather than drive through the streets, walk with your children.
  • Accompany your children each year until they are old enough to go with a friend.
  • Give each child a flashlight to carry, to make them more visible to motorists and others.
  • Tell your children to stay in well-lit areas and only visit homes that have their outside lights turned on. Make sure they know never to go inside homes or cars.
  • Remind your children to look both ways before crossing the street. Cross streets at the corner, and never cross between parked cars.
  • Children should wear clothing that is visible at night. Retro-reflective materials are best.
  • Children should trick or treat in one well-known area and not wander into unknown neighbourhoods.
  • All candy should be inspected by an adult to make sure that no one has tampered with it. If the candy looks suspicious, contact the police.
  • Children should wear masks that do not interfere with vision. Makeup is a better option.
  • Costumes should be short enough that the child will not trip.

Lastly, motorists must be particularly vigilant at Halloween by reducing their speed and giving priority to the children on the street.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!