Halloween Safety Tips from the Brandon Police Service

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Here are some tips for all to enjoy a safe Halloween.

Trick-or-Treaters:

  • Wear bright costumes with reflective tape or glow sticks so drivers can see you.
  • Wear face paint instead of a mask. The mask can obstruct your vision. If you are wearing a mask always, remove it when you cross the street.
  • Weapons as part of costumes should be easily identifiable as imitation.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Go trick-or-treating with a trusted adult, or travel in groups if you are old enough to be out alone.
  • Carry a cell phone if unaccompanied by an adult.
  • Always walk on the sidewalks.
  • Be very careful crossing the street! Do not run out from behind cars and do not go back and forth across the street; walk down one side of the street. When you reach the end, cross to the other side.
  • Walk facing traffic on the side of the road if there are no sidewalks.
  • Stay in well-lit areas.
  • Watch for cars pulling out of driveways.
  • Never go inside a stranger’s house for treats. Wait for them outside.
  • Do not go near pets you don’t know.
  • Pets you do know may not recognize you and may be scared by your costume; this may cause them to be unpredictable.
  • Get a game plan in place so everyone knows the route to follow. Have a central place where everyone meets up if you are separated.
  • Know the places along the route where it is safe to go for help.
  • Do not eat treats until you get home.
  • Parents and or Guardians should check and inspect all candy before allowing children to eat it.
  • If a house is in darkness, the homeowners are not participating in handing out treats.

Drivers:

  • Slow down.
  • Pay attention for children running across streets and know that some will be in dark costumes.
  • Do not wear costumes that interfere with the safe operation of a motor vehicle.
  • Do Not Drive while Impaired.
  • Avoid distractions such as cell phone use, texting, taking pictures and social media posting.
  • If possible, avoid driving in residential areas where there will be a high volume of trick-or-treaters.

Homeowners:

  • Ensure your house is well lit if you are participating in handing out treats.
  • Keep walkways obstacle free.
  • Report any suspicious activity you may see.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!