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Grande Prairie RCMP hoping for safe Halloween

Drivers are being reminded to watch for trick-or-treaters as they’re out Tuesday night. Little ones in costumes will be walking around residential neighbourhoods, so Grande Prairie RCMP are asking vehicles to go slowly, carefully use driveways and alleys, and be extra careful at intersections.

At the same time, parents are encouraged to remind their children to use sidewalks and only cross the street at corners and crosswalks after looking both ways. Children should also avoid alleys and dark or vacant lots.

Parents are also asked to make sure their children’s costumes are bright and reflective, and not so long they could be at risk of tripping. Because masks can make it hard to see, it’s recommended that makeup be used for costumes instead.

When heading out for the night, make sure anyone trick-or-treating has a flashlight and cell phone on them. Children should be accompanied by someone older than them, and if they’re old enough to go out on their own, they should go in groups, tell someone their route, and avoid any houses that don’t have their porch light on.

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Those giving out the treats can also make sure Halloween is a safe night by keeping their path clear, using battery-powered lights instead of candles, and keeping pets away from the door. Anything suspicious should be reported to RCMP.

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