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Police offering Halloween safety advice

OPP officers have some advice to make sure ghouls, ghosts and goblins of all ages can have a safe night trick-or-treating this Halloween.

Acting Sergeant Robert Simpson says trick-or-treaters should start before it becomes dark, so they’ll be easier for drivers to see and avoid.

“Costume visibility is key,” he adds. “Avoid dark coloured costumes if possible. If this isn’t an option, then add some reflective material or tape to both the front and back of the costume.”

Simpson also says parents should consider using face paint to cover kids’ eye area instead of a mask, since a mask can make it hard for them to see and navigate.

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He says trick-or-treaters should never go alone, use sidewalks when they can, and bring their cell phone with them, if they have one.

“Only go to homes that are well lit,” Simpson continues. “Never enter a stranger’s car or home.”

Meanwhile, if you’re staying at home to give kids candy, Simpson says you should make sure your house is well-lit and keep your porch clear of anything that could trip a child. 

He also encourages people with jack-o-lanterns outside their homes to light them up with flashlights or other alternatives to candles, especially if they plan to leave the pumpkin unattended.

Drivers on Halloween should go slowly in residential areas and keep an eye out for kids, who Simpson says might not follow all the rules of road safety in the excitement.

If you see anything suspicious while you’re out on Halloween night, Simpson says you should call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

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