Halloween Safety – From the Edmonton Police Service

Halloween Safety

The EPS would like to send out a friendly safety reminder so everyone can enjoy Halloween night this Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Tips for children

  • Carry a flashlight and cell phone.
  • Have an emergency plan if something bad happens – know who you can talk to or approach if you have any problems or get lost.
  • Let your parents/guardians know where you will be and stay in areas that you know and are comfortable with.
  • Ensure you can see through a mask or makeup.
  • Avoid wearing long capes or things that can be tripped on, or caught on things.
  • Empty your candy bag and check in often with your parents or friends’ parents.
  • Walk on well-lit streets and avoid alleys or dark areas.
  • Trick-or-treat on one side of the street, then cross to the other. Never criss-cross the street.
  • Don’t go to houses that don’t have lights on, or that you don’t think are safe.
  • Leave valuables at home (money, iPod’s).
  • Don’t carry anything that looks like a weapon.

Tips for parents

  • Accompany your kids trick-or-treating or ensure that they are with a responsible adult.
  • If your kids are older, outline a set area that they can go to and a timeframe to be home; ensure that your kids check in often (every 30 minutes) and know who they are with.
  • Provide your kids with a cell phone and a flashlight.
  • Have an early meal with your children prior to trick-or-treating. This will help discourage your child from sampling candy before you can check it.
  • Keep the lights on in your home – make it safe for other kids to come to your door.
  • Check the candy your child brings home – throw out anything that is opened, suspicious, or that you don’t recognize.
  • Make sure your kids are dressed for the weather.
  • Don’t allow your kids to carry anything that looks like a weapon.
  • Make sure that your kids costume(s): don’t drag on the ground, cannot be easily grabbed, and can’t get caught on things.
  • Encourage your children to choose light coloured costumes or costumes with reflective strips. These costumes are easier for drivers to see.
  • Consider face paint or make-up instead of a mask. A mask’s eyeholes can make it hard to see.
  • Remind your kids to stay in well-lit areas and out of alleyways.

Tips for adults

  • If you’re going out to celebrate, ensure you have a safe way to get home – public transit, taxi, or designated driver.
  • If you see a suspected impaired driver, call 911 to report it as part of our Curb the Danger program.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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