Halloween – Safety along with Treats is the Goal

349

THUNDER BAY – LIVING – Halloween brings trick or treaters. In many neighbourhoods, scores of excited children will be rushing door-to-door to gather up treats. Keeping those children safe is important. It means drivers tonight have to take extra care.

Trick-or-Treaters should: 

  • Carry a flashlight and wear reflective pieces, so that you are easily visible to traffic.
  • Ensure any masks do not impair your vision or hearing. Consider wearing makeup instead of a mask for better visibility.
  • Stay on the sidewalks.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk along the shoulder, or along the property line.
  • Stay on one side of the road until you can cross safely at a crosswalk.
  • Hold your parent, or identified guardian’s hand and WALK across the crosswalk when it is safe.
  • Don’t cut across yards or driveways.
  • Use a flashlight so you can see where you are going.
  • Travel with a group of friends, if mature enough to be out unsupervised, and stay in familiar neighbourhoods.
  • Tell your parents your trick-or-treating route.
  • Dress warm enough for the weather.
  • Attend houses that are well lit outside, as this usually identifies participation in the Halloween holiday.
  • Never enter a stranger’s house or vehicle.
  • Have all candy checked by an adult if you have any allergies.
  • Have an adult check the candy to confirm it is from a reputable candy brand name company, and that it has not been tampered with.

Homeowners should:

  • Ensure your house is well lit.
  • Keep pets indoors, and away from trick-or treaters.
  • Keep walkways obstacle free.
  • Report any suspicious activities to the police.
  • Be comfortable and confident with who you open your door to.

Drivers should:

  • Driver sober.
  • Avoid residential areas while trick-or-treaters are out.
  • Slow down and watch for children that may be using crosswalks.
  • Be alert for any children on the road.
  • Do not drive while wearing costumes that could impeded your vision, hearing, or ability to operate a motor vehicle properly.