Trick or Treaters get ready - RCMP safety tips for all

October 30, 2017
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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Halloween is upon us and Prince Edward Island RCMP are reminding all those who are out on Tuesday night to be extra cautious. It is important to keep in mind some basic safety rules.

Trick-or-treaters:

  • Trick-or-treat in well known-areas with an adult or a group of friends if old enough to be on your own (and have a cell phone if travelling without an adult)
  • Stay in well-lit areas and only visit well-lit houses
  • Wear a costume that can easily be seen at night. Reflective materials are best!
  • Wear makeup instead of masks to avoid interfering with vision
  • Watch for cars pulling out of driveways and backing up
  • Carry a flashlight so you can see where you are going
  • Have your treats inspected by an adult before you eat any
  • Always wait outside a house for your treats
  • Go down one side of the street, cross at the corner, and then go down the other side

Motorists should drive with extra caution as there will be many children on the street, who will be very excited and may forget to cross safely, or who may not look to see a car backing out of a driveway.

Drivers:

  • Drive slowly and keep a keen eye on the roads for children crossing
  • Do not wear costumes that interfere with the safe operation of a motor vehicle
  • Never drive while impaired – ever
  • If at all possible, avoid driving where there are high volumes of walking trick-or-treaters

Homeowners who plan to hand out candy should make sure their home and doorway are well lit and that sidewalks and pathways are clear. It is advisable to avoid using open flames in any displays.

If you suspect public mischief, please report it.

The RCMP would also like to remind everyone that curfews will be enforced, so know that time to get off the streets on Halloween night and have a frightfully fun and safe Halloween!

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