OPP provide trick-or-treating safety tips for Halloween

A little girl trick-or-treating on Halloween. © Can Stock Photo / famveldman

Sunday is Halloween and area youth will be dressing up, going door to door, and asking “trick or treat”? Ontario Provincial Police say there are many safety hazards, so we need to work together to keep them safe as they move from house to house.

The South Bruce OPP is offering the following tips to parents and motorists to help protect our children on Halloween night.

  • Make up is preferable to a mask. If a mask is going to be worn, enlarge the eye and mouth holes for your child’s safety.
  • Carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing.
  • Small children should be supervised at all times.
  • Stay in neighbourhood’s that you know.
  • Use sidewalks or the edge of the roadway.
  • Don’t cut across lawns; you won’t see a hose or a rake in the dark.
  • Walk; don’t run, to houses that are lit up for Halloween.
  • Don’t snack on treats until they are inspected by a responsible adult.
  • Ensure pumpkins lit by a candle are in a safe location.
  • Trick or treating in a vehicle? Wear your seatbelt.

The South Bruce OPP will be closely watching vehicle speeds, seatbelt use, distracted driving and sober driving. If you are going to be driving on Halloween night, expect to see costumed youth on or alongside the roadway. Devote your full attention to your driving so everyone can have a safe and happy Halloween.