Hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend,
The night is quickly approaching when the streets will be filled with ghosts and goblins, not to mention princesses and fairies.
As always, there are a few important Halloween safety guidelines that should be observed to ensure the night runs smoothly.
Before the kids hit the streets, it is important that parents be aware of the route that their children plan to follow.
If you are unable to take them out yourself, consider asking another parent, an older sibling or babysitter to do the honors for you.
Ensuring your child is wearing a watch also allows you to establish an agreed upon curfew.
Teach your children to recognize the places along his/her route where they can obtain help: Police Station, Fire Station ,Family friends home or any other well indicated public place.
Although tampering of loot is rare, remind children that they must have their candy inspected by their parents or guardian prior to eating them.
Some Rules for Trick or Treater’s
- Bring a flashlight especially if you are wearing a dark costume!
- Parents please wear a hi visibility vest while escorting your children around your neighborhood.
- Walk instead of running;
- Stay on the sidewalks (If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left-hand side of the street facing traffic);
- Avoid jaywalking;
- Do not cut across lawns or take short-cuts;
- Take masks off when walking from one house to the next;
- Do not go inside houses and do not get into vehicles;
- Only visit houses that are lit;
- Stay away from animals you are not familiar with; and
- Vandalism is not just a 'trick' - it is against the law and has consequences.
Crime Prevention & Community Safety Coordinator
City of Vernon - Regional District of North Okanagan.
Protective Services - Safe Communities Unit
1-800-222-8477 Crime Stoppers