Safety Tips for Halloween 2019  

(Bradford/Innisfil, ON) South Simcoe Police Service wants to ensure your Halloween is safe and fun by offering the following tips for trick or treaters and their families. Drivers are encouraged to practice extra caution because of high pedestrian traffic. Ensure your vehicle’s lights are on and working properly and keep a watchful eye for little ghosts and goblins!

Before Trick-or-Treating

Plan costumes that are easy to walk in and highly visible

Add reflective tape to costumes and carry a flashlight if possible

Look for costumes and accessories that are labelled ‘flame resistant’

Make sure a mask does not restrict a child’s vision or use face paint as an alternative

Plan a route ahead of time with children, picking streets that are well-lit and that they know well

Children should be accompanied by a parent, older sibling or group

During Trick-or-Treating

Travel in a group and hold on to treat bags tightly

Only stop at houses with well-lit porches and travel in a familiar neighborhood

Cross the street only at corners. Never cross between parked cars or the middle of the block

Walk on well-lit streets and stay on the sidewalk

Watch out for candles in pumpkins that are a fire hazard

Never go into the home or car of a stranger

After trick or treating parents should sort and examine all treats before eating them. Throw away candy or food that is not wrapped and sealed by a candy or food company. Carefully check all wrappers for signs of tampering. If any harmful items are found, notify police immediately.

Happy Halloween!