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The NT RCMP issue 7 Halloween safety tips to parents

With witches, ghosts and goblins descending on Yellowknife, the Northwest Territories RCMP has offered parents some safety tips to help prepare their children for a safe and enjoyable Halloween.

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From the candy to the costumes, Halloween is a fun-filled time. But it can pose dangers the NT RCMP warn.

“We know that there’s a lot of excitement with Halloween and everyone’s pretty excited to get dressed up and go trick or treating,”  Cst. Heather Cosenzo from the NT RCMP said. “But we have a few safety tips that we hope kids out there will abide by.”

Before your little ghosts and goblins head out for Halloween, read these important seven safety tips from Cst. Cosenzo.

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  • Never go trick or treating alone. Go with a friend, sibling, neighbor, a parent, or guardian. It’s always better to go in a group.
  • Make sure you can be seen. A lot of our costumes tend to be really dark with masks and capes. Now it’s so dark so early. And with the snowfall, it’s going to be a busy night. So please make sure you can be seen wearing reflective clothing, bright-colored costumes, using face paint instead of a mask.
  • Dress for the weather conditions. It’s already winter. So we have to make sure that all the kids out there are dressed appropriately.
  • Make sure you only go to well-lit homes. If a house is all darkened and It doesn’t look like anyone’s there. Please, don’t go up there and just go to the next one.
  • Don’t eat any treats until you get home and look through your candy with an adult.
  • Make sure you stay on the sidewalks and walk-up driveways or designated pathways, watch for cars and just respect other people’s property.
  • Carry a flashlight or have something that is reflective as you make your way throughout Yellowknife and only cross at marked intersections.

“I think parents should chat with their kids about also not going into a home to accept candy,” Cst. Cosenzo said. “Children should stay at the door, knock and say trick or treat.”

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Cst. Cosenzo says parents should know who their kids are going trick or treating with and know the route that they’re going to take in the general area.

If your children are going out on there their own, chat with your kids about what to do if they’re scared or what to do if there’s an emergency situation, Cst. Cosenzo added.

The NT RCMP will also be out in force on Halloween in Yellowknife with a special treat for the children.

“We’re going to be out that night handing out glow sticks,” Cst. Cosenzo said.

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