Princess Georgia Caldwell, 6, of Chemainus is among the many young people who will be out trick or treating. (Photo by Don Bodger)

RCMP and Cowichan School District offer Halloween advice

Everyone needs to do their part to ensure safety

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP and the Cowichan Valley School District are teaming up for some sweet Halloween reminders.

For drivers:

• They’ll be lots of little ones out and about. Ensure you are driving attentively and expect the unexpected.

• Ensure you leave ample room at crosswalks and stop lights.

• Don’t park too near crosswalks as it makes it hard to see little ones crossing the road.

For homeowners:

• Turn on outdoor lights, to ensure everyone can see.

• Remove any tripping hazards.

• Sweep wet leaves from your steps and driveway.

• Use alternative light sources in your pumpkins, like flashlights or a battery-operated candle.

• Be attentive to children who may have food allergies. Consider giving treats other than candy.

For Parents and Trick-or-Treaters:

• Costumes should fit properly to prevent trips and falls. Avoid items such as oversized shoes, high heels, long dresses and, as Edna Mode says, “No capes”.

• Dress your child for the weather. Add layers if needed.

• Put your child’s name, address and phone number on their costume.

• Children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult for trick or treating. By the age of 10, some children are ready to go trick-or-treating with a group of friends.

• If you go out with a group, let your parents know where you’re going to be at all times.

Halloween is a great time to get out and see your community and following a few guidelines will ensure it is a positive experience for everyone.

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