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Safe trick or treating

AMHERST - Cumberland District RCMP would like to share some Halloween Safety tips to help keep your child safe this Halloween.


1. Do not go trick-or-treating alone; go with an adult or older brother or sister.


2. Let your parents know where you will be and for how long you plan on being out.


3. Remember, drivers might not be able to see you in the dark. Wear a bright-colored costume with reflective tape, and carry a flashlight.


4. Do not go to houses that have their lights out.


5. Do not go inside the house or car of anyone you don’t know.


6. Wear make-up instead of a mask. You will be able to see better if you are wearing make-up. If you wear a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough for you to see through clearly.


7. Use the sidewalk. Do not run across lawns or gardens.


8. Cross the street in a crosswalk or at a corner. Look both ways before crossing the road.


9. Do not eat any of your treats before you get home. When you do get home, have your parents check all the candy so that they can throw away anything that is not wrapped in a sealed wrapper.


10. Have a good supper before you go out trick-or-treating. Take some candy from home if you have to - don’t eat any treats that are given to you until your parents have looked at them. 


11. Never eat any fresh fruit or home-made treats unless you know where they came from.


12. Wear good shoes, such as runners, so you won’t trip. Be very careful if you wear high heels or have a long costume.


13. Always stay in your own neighborhood and know where there is a safe house that you can go to if you need help.


14. Start trick-or-treating early and finish early.


Halloween tips for motorists:

  • Motorists are reminded to stay well below the speed limit.
  • be prepared to stop at any time. Children dressed in dark costumes can dart out from anywhere.
  • It's also important not to pass any stopped cars as they may be dropping children off.
  • Newly licensed drivers should also be extra careful on Halloween night as there are many distractions on the road.


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  • Winston Avenue Resident
    October 29, 2012 - 13:24

    I certainly wish that those who trick-or-treat on Winston Avennue park their vehicle somewhere other than in front of people's houses (such as the Fairview field). Too many children are on this street, and motorists are crazy. Also, do not block the resident's driveway! Have some respect and common sense please.