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