The Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP is wishing everyone a fun and safe Halloween on Thursday, Oct. 31. Sunset will occur at 5:32 p.m. on Halloween, which means that most Treat-or-Treaters will be walking around local neighbourhoods in the darkness.
The RCMP are offering the following tips for Trick-or-Treaters:
- Trick-or-Treat with your parent(s) or a responsible adult;
- Trick-or-treat with a friend or in a group if unsupervised. Tell your parents or a responsible adult where you are planning on trick-or-treating and when you will be back home. Carry a cell phone if available;
- Always make sure you are visible in the darkness. Carry a flashlight, wear reflective clothing or tape, or bright glow sticks or do all three. More is better! Check with your parents or friends to ensure you are visible in the dark prior to going out for the evening;
- Wear a proper fitting costume. Dress for the conditions in addition to dressing up in your costume. Costume weaponry should be easily identifiable as an imitation. Avoid masks that limit your vision and hearing.
- Stay on the sidewalks or to the side of the road. Face traffic when you are walking down the road without sidewalks. Do not crisscross back and forth across the street. Use designated crosswalks and road crossings. Only cross the road when the light indicates you to do so.
- Only attend well-lit homes and skip the dark ones.
- Do not eat any treats until your parents look examine your candy. Do not eat any treats that are unwrapped or look like they may have been tampered with.
Never go inside a stranger's residence or his/her vehicle. If you are being approached by a stranger asking you to go with them somewhere, you immediately:
- Tell them no and walk away;
- Call 9-1-1 and report the incident;
- Tell your parents or a trusted adult.
Tips for Home Owners:
- Ensure your house is well-lit.
- Ensure your property is safe and clear of obstacles for foot traffic.
- Keep an eye on candles if used. You can use battery powered electric lights or glow sticks for pumpkins instead.
- Report suspicious activity and incidents to the RCMP.
- Make sure your pets are safe and secure indoors for the evening.
Tips for Motorists:
- Drive sober.
- Slow down and be extra cautious or avoid driving for the night if possible. Expect children to dart out from behind parked cars.
- Watch out for people using crosswalks.
The RCMP will be out patrolling in marked police vehicles all evening to ensure a fun and safe evening.