Grande Prairie RCMP wants to make sure kids get home safe with their candy this year. With Halloween quickly approaching, officers want to give people a few tips on how they can have a happy and safe Halloween. Corporal Maria Ogden says on Wednesday night, drivers need to make sure they are aware of excited trick or treaters.
“Expect the unexpected. Be mindful that people are going to be out trick or treating so slow down and look for pedestrians and remember that there will be more foot traffic on Halloween night than most other nights.”
Ogden says it’s also important for parents to know where their children are at all times and make sure they know how to be safe around cars and while crossing the street.
“It’s important for everyone to pay attention to these types of things because kids are going to be out and on the roads and really excited about trick or treating. Both children, drivers and parents need to be mindful of traffic so nobody gets hurt. We want to make sure everybody remains safe.”
Other safety tips from the RCMP include never letting children go into a house for candy, telling children to wait until they get home before sampling treats and making sure a parent checks them over before eating.
Parents should also make sure their child’s costume is safe to wear. Costumes should fit properly so that they don’t cause trips or falls. If they have a mask, make sure it doesn’t block their vision and make sure they have a flashlight or glowstick so that they are visible to cars.