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Halloween “trick-or-treating” takes place Friday, October 31st from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in all communities throughout the CBRM.

Police ask motorists to use caution and be alert to extra pedestrian traffic, particularly in residential areas; excited kids can move in unpredictable ways. Slow down, avoid distractions and allow extra time to reach your destination.

For trick-or-treaters, police recommend:

•    Dress in brightly coloured costumes. Use reflective tape so drivers can see you.
•    Carry a flashlight so you can see better and be seen. Try to stay in well-lit areas.
•    Keep costumes short to avoid tripping and falls.
•    Avoid riding bicycles when wearing costumes; they may get caught in the bicycle chain or wheels.
•    Wear make-up instead of a mask; with only small holes for eyes, masks are hard to see out of safely.
•    Be careful crossing the streets; go down one side of the street and then up the other side to limit the number of times you cross.
•    Go trick-or-treating in groups; younger children should trick-or-treat with a parent or other responsible adult.
•    Discuss your route with your parents and what time you will be back at your home.
•    Never go inside a house, apartment or car of someone you don’t know. Stay on the doorstep or sidewalk while trick-or-treating.
•    Have your parents check your treats before eating them.

Police also encourage homeowners to make trick-or-treaters feel safe:

•    Keep porch lights or external security lights on.
•    Keep doors clear and accessible and avoid decorations that are flammable or can pose a tripping hazard.
•    Don’t invite children inside your home.
•    Only pass out commercially wrapped candy and snacks.
•    Keep pets indoors, as they may be easily scared by children in costumes.

Police ask residents to pay attention in and around their own properties and neighbourhoods and contact police should they notice anything suspicious or require assistance. And, police urge anyone using fireworks to do so safely and responsibly;  it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to buy or carry fireworks and throwing or setting off fireworks in the street is also against the law.

Cape Breton Regional Police will have extra resources in place on Halloween; in addition to regular Patrols, members of the Community Safety Enforcement Unit, Traffic Safety Unit and K-9 Unit will be out in all communities, on foot and in vehicles. Canadian Coast Guard College (CCGC) Cadets will also provide additional support on foot patrol, communicating with police on any potential incidents. The CCGC has assisted police with Halloween patrols since 2005.

Stay safe and have fun!