The Stratford Police Service wants to remind parents, caregivers, children and motorists that every effort must be made to keep Halloween a safe and enjoyable occasion.
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 honours for you.
Although tampering of treats is rare, remind children that they must have their candy inspected by their parents or guardian prior to eating it.
Motorists are reminded to take their time driving during Halloween night and to be mindful of the children walking in the area.
It is important that when helping a child pick out a costume, safety should be the main concern.
• Wear a light-coloured or bright costume, reflective tape or arm bands to heighten visibility.
• Wear a costume that is properly fitted to reduce the chance of tripping on it.
• Select a costume that is constructed from flame-retardant materials.
• Make sure your vision is not restricted. Consider completing your costume with make-up rather than masks. Masks may require that the eye-holes be cut larger for the sake of good peripheral vision.
• Shoes should fit properly even if they do not go well with a costume.
• If a child's costume requires the use of props, such as a flexible-plastic sword, make sure the sharp tip is cut or filed round.
• Glow sticks are also an excellent method to increase a child's visibility. You might want to consider creating a fun necklace with string to ensure they will want to wear as part of their costumes.
• Accessorize with a flashlight!
Some Rules for Trick or Treaters
• Bring a flashlight;
• 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.