To ensure that trick-or-treating is a treat for all involved, police have issued tips to help children safely celebrate Halloween.
Commander of Operational Programs, Chief Superintendent Bradley Shepherd said with trick-or-treating becoming a more celebrated activity each year it is important parents and carers follow some simple guidelines to ensure their children’s safety.
“It’s important to recognise and respect the fact that not everyone celebrates Halloween – stick to houses which have decorations.
“It’s safest for kids to trick-or-treat in daylight and for them to stay together in groups. Younger children should be supervised by a parent or responsible adult.
“The prospect of dressing up and eating lollies is sure to excite and distract, so it’s vitally important extra care is taken around driveways and roads,” he said.
Chief Superintendent Shepherd added that Halloween is a great opportunity for parents to be reminded of summer safety guidelines.
“If you’re a parent or carer who will be going trick-or-treating with your children, make sure your house is securely locked and turn on security devices,” he said.
Additional Halloween safety tips:
- Carry a mobile phone when trick-or-treating in case you need to make a phone call
- Wear light coloured clothing so you can be easily seen
- Don’t get into vehicles with people you don’t know
- Don’t enter a stranger’s home, even if they invite you
- Don’t jaywalk and only cross at designated lights and crossings
- Stick to familiar well-lit areas and don’t take short cuts
- Tell people where you are going and what time you will be home
- Stay together with your friends
- Keep pranks good-natured, safe, and legal.