Lloydminster RCMP are asking families remain safe during Halloween.
The police say they will be increasing patrols on Saturday night, in order to prevent anything bad from happening to trick-or-treating children. Constable Grant Kirzinger says the most common danger is from cars.
“The biggest thing for kids is traffic safety,” Kirzinger said. “[Parents should be] making sure that [children are] paying attention when they cross roads, going through peoples’ driveways, people might be backing out and kids aren’t aware of that, they’re just excited to get to the next house and find some more candy. Be with your children, make sure they’re paying attention, and that you look out and keep them safe.”
Kirzinger also says that parents should inspect their children’s candy.
“When you’re looking over your candy at the end of the night, it is a good idea to not eat anything that is not pre-packaged or in a wrapper,” Kirzinger said. “If it was in a wrapper or container and it appears to be damaged or unsealed, it’s best not to use that candy. If you have loose candy that you’re not sure of, don’t take the chance, just throw it away.”
Kirzinger also says children should never trick-or-treat alone, never go inside a stranger’s house, wear reflectors on dark costumes so that they can be seen by drivers, and stay in well-lit areas.