RCMPNL Spooktacular safety tips for a Happy Halloween

October 29, 2019
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

News release


Halloween is a busy time for kids of all ages! Plan for a fun and safe evening by using these safety tips from RCMP NL to help ensure a Happy Halloween.

Look good and scary out there:

  • Be visible. Wear a light/bright colored costume. Add reflective tape or arm bands to increase visibility.
  • Make sure your vision is not restricted by a mask. Consider using makeup.
  • Ensure your costume is made of flame-retardant material.
  • Make sure your costume fits well to avoid ghostly falls or stumbles.
  • Use flashlights and glow sticks; they are great accessories for any costume and can keep kids visible to motorists.

Be street smart:

  • Parents/guardians should help plan and be aware of the route that their children will travel for trick-or-treating.
  • Children should be able to recognize places where they can get help: police station, fire station or any other well-known public place.
  • Stay on the sidewalks. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left-hand side of the street facing traffic.
  • There is safety in numbers; walk in groups and stay together.
  • Never enter a house. Only accept treats at the front door.

Take extra care with driving:

  • Slow down and be extra cautious. Expect that trick-or-treaters may forget to look both ways before rushing across the street or a driveway in their search for treats.
  • Watch for people using crosswalks.
  • Do not drive impaired.
  • Ensure that your costume does not interfere with the safe operation of the motor vehicle. Costumes should not restrict movement, impede vision or prevent anyone in the vehicle from buckling up.

Have a safe and spooktacular Halloween!


Contact information

Glenda Power
Director of Strategic Communications
709-772-7334, 709-691-1615

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