For the 23rd consecutive year, the Calgary Halloween Partners for Safety are back! The initiative put on by the Calgary Child’s Magazine works in coordination with the City of Calgary and Calgary Transit, Alberta Health Services, and both Calgary Fire and Police departments.
The Halloween Partners for Safety say they have two goals:
- To provide Halloween safety info to parents and children
- To patrol communities with nearly 800 vehicles during 6-8 pm
Stuart Brideaux of the Calgary Child’s Magazine says “teaming up with Calgary transit, Medical services, Fire and Police for patrols will ensure safety for all youngsters.”
We have provided safety tips from the Calgary Halloween Partners for Safety below. More information can be found at:
- Costumes should be bright and reflective. You can attach reflective tape for visibility.
- Make sure any masks do not limit vision. Better yet, use make up instead of a mask.
- Outfits should not drag on the ground and shoes should fit, even if they don’t go with the costume.
- Accessories such as knives and swords should be made from soft, flexible materials that don’t look real and won’t cause injuries.
- Ensure costumes are warm enough to be worn outside in temperatures as low as -10C.
Trick-or-treating tips for kids
- Tell your parents which area you will visit and when you will be back.
- Stay out of houses and cars unless your parents permit it.
- Don’t approach houses that are unlit and undecorated.
- Always trick-or-treat in a group or with a parent.
- Visit houses down one side of the street before crossing to the other.
- Cross only at intersections and be sure to look both ways before crossing the street.
- Avoid short cuts through alleys, lanes or private property.
- Wear bright, reflective clothing.
- Use makeup instead of masks. Masks can limit your vision.
- Carry a flashlight.
- Have your parents check your treats before you eat them.
Tips for grown-ups
- Turn on your outdoor lights and keep your yard clear of debris or other obstacles that children could trip over.
- Keep lit candles away from trick-or-treaters and their costumes.
- Keep pets inside and away from trick-or-treaters and lit candles. They may become frightened or over-excited in the presence of strangers.
- Hand out only factory-wrapped food items. Home-made or baked treats will almost certainly be thrown out.
- Be extra cautious when driving on Halloween night by reducing your speed to 20 km/h in residential areas.
- It is important that you know your location at all times. If you need to call 9-1-1 on your cell, emergency communications officers won’t be able to pinpoint your exact location. Take notice of street signs and other landmarks so emergency responders can find you.