Cornwall Community Police Service

Halloween Safety Tips

Published on le 26 octobre 2021

Cornwall, ON - While Halloween may look a bit different again this year due to COVID-19, the Cornwall Police Service (CPS) is hopeful that everyone will find a way to enjoy the night safely. 

As in previous years, the CPS would like to provide some suggestions for trick-or-treaters who choose to take part in Halloween:

  • Bring a flashlight;
  • Walk instead of running;
  • Stay on the sidewalks (If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left-hand side of the street facing traffic);
  • Avoid jaywalking;
  • Do not cut across lawns or take short-cuts;
  • Do not go inside houses and do not get into vehicles;
  • Only visit houses that are lit;
  • Wear a light-coloured or bright costume, reflective tape or arm bands to heighten visibility;
  • Wear a costume that is properly fitted to reduce the chance of tripping on it;
  • Select a costume that is constructed from flame-retardant materials;
  • Make sure your vision is not restricted;
  • Stay away from animals you are not familiar with;
  • Vandalism is not just a 'trick' - it is against the law and has consequences;
  • Avoid touching surfaces (knock instead of pushing doorbells, if possible);
  • Use hand sanitizer often; and,
  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell.

If you choose to stay in this year, here are some recommendations for fun ways to celebrate:

  • Launch a virtual competition with your neighbours for the best outdoor Halloween decorations;
  • Organize a virtual costume party online with friends;
  • Watch a scary movie with the people you live with. There are plenty of Halloween movies that will get you in the spirit. If the weather permits, set it up in your backyard;
  • Set up an at-home candy treasure hunt for your children;
  • Eat a fun and spooky meal you have made with those you live with;
  • Save the pumpkin carving for Halloween night so you have another activity to look forward to; and,
  • Enjoy some other fall activities that day and evening, like an outdoor corn maze or apple picking.

No matter how you choose to celebrate, we wish you a safe and happy Halloween!

For more recommendations by the EOHU, click here.

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