Safety tips for candy hunting on Halloween

Top tips for kids are: use the buddy system, wait until parents have checked Halloween candy before eating, and stay on the sidewalk

Regional police are offering some safety tips to remind little ghosts and witches (and maybe some big ones) to stay safe during trick-or-treating.

“I would encourage parents just to have a conversation with your children before going out. Just explain to them the route you’re going to take, maybe how long you’re going to be out, kind of what to expect, and just planning ahead and letting your kids know what the expectations are,” said Constable Brad Hickey, public information officer with the Waterloo Regional Police Service.

Other advice for parents includes:

  • Making sure your child is with an adult or trusted group
  • Making sure your child’s costume is safe
  • Explaining the difference between tricks and vandalism
  • Carefully checking your child’s candy

“Anything that appears to be tampered with should be immediately thrown out. Homemade treats may also look nice, but aren’t overly safe to be eating. All candy should be in the original wrapper for the safety of your children and we really encourage people to be aware of any food allergens,” Hickey explained.

For kids, police are advising:

  • Do not talk to strangers and never go into anyone’s home or vehicle
  • Use the buddy system
  • Stay on the sidewalk and look all ways before crossing the street
  • Help younger kids
  • Wear reflective or bright clothing
  • Remove a costume mask from your face while walking

“Masks can negatively affect your child’s vision, so you want to make sure it’s the right size. You don’t want your child tripping or getting injured while out trick-or-treating,” Hickey told CityNews 570.

There are also tips for motorists:

  • Follow the rules of the road, including stopping fully at signals and crosswalks, and adhering to speed limits
  • Check mirrors and surrounding area before backing up from driveways
  • Only drive sober
  • Stay off your phone

“Small children may not obey the rules of the road and may dart out in front of vehicles, so we want to make sure drivers’ attention is on the road,” Hickey said.

Get scared but don’t lose your calm and senses this Halloween.

– Use the buddy system
– Wear reflective items so you can easily be seen
– Stay on the sidewalk
– Never enter a stranger’s home

Stay safe and have fun!#halloween2022 #YourCommunityYourChoice

— Waterloo Regional Police (@WRPSToday) October 31, 2022

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