October 31, 2018
Fort McMurray, Alberta: Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to remind trick-or-treaters, and their parents, of some helpful tips for a safe evening of candy collecting.
• Carry a flashlight and wear reflective pieces, so that you are easily visible to traffic.
• Ensure any masks do not impair your vision or hearing. Consider wearing makeup instead of a mask for better visibility.
• Stay on the sidewalks or on one side of the road until you can cross safely at a crosswalk.
• Don’t cut across yards or driveways.
• Use a flashlight so you can see where you are going.
• Travel with a group of friends, if mature enough to be out unsupervised.
• Tell your parents your trick-or-treating route.
• Attend houses that are well lit outside, as this usually identifies participation in the Halloween holiday.
• Never enter a stranger’s house, or vehicle.
• Have an adult check the candy to confirm that it has not been tampered with.
• Ensure your house is well lit.
• Keep pets indoors, and away from trick-or treaters.
• Keep walkways obstacle free.
• Report any suspicious activities to the police.
• Be comfortable and confident with who you open your door to.
• Slow down and watch for children that may be using crosswalks.
• Be alert for any children on the road.
• Do not drive while wearing costumes that could impeded your vision, hearing, or ability to operate a motor vehicle properly.
Constable Mélanie Cappiello-Stébenne
Wood Buffalo RCMP-GRC