Halloween is back this year and soon our neighbourhoods will be invaded by zombies, super-heroes, and vampires looking for tasty treats.

This is an exciting time for children and they’re out in full force, which makes the streets extra busy. Whether you’re a driver or walking from door-to-door, it’s easy to become distracted.

To help you and your family enjoy a spooktacular Halloween, here are some tips to keep events safe and fun.

COVID-19 safety tips

  • Children and adults should wear masks when outdoors near other people.
  • Wash your hands or use sanitizer before and after handling masks, and before and after eating treats.
  • If you’re handing out candy, wash your hands frequently and wear a mask when you’re close to others.

Tips for trick-and-treaters and parents

  • Costumes should be light-coloured and flame-resistant with reflective strips so children are more visible in the dark.
  • Parents should accompany children younger than 12.
  • Visit homes with their lights on.
  • Older children who are trick-or-treating with friends should plan and share their route with their parents.
  • Always walk on sidewalks and cross at marked intersections.
  • Children should carry emergency contact information, even when out with their parents.
  • Children’s phones should be in their pockets. Holding them while walking will make them less attentive to their surroundings.

Tips for drivers

  • Be extra cautious and drive slowly around residential neighbourhoods, even when you don’t see any trick-or-treaters.
  • Watch for children who may run into the street.
  • If you’re driving children, pull over to a safe spot at the curb to let them safely exit and enter. Turn your hazard lights on to alert other drivers.

Police safety tips

The Vancouver Police Department shares tips and what they're doing to make Halloween safe!

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