Ghosts, zombies, superheroes and costumed characters of all shapes and sizes will be roaming down the streets Tuesday for Halloween, and CAA Saskatchewan has some tips for both trick-or-treaters and drivers to ensure the night’s a safe one.
Spokesperson Christine Niemczyk says parents and guardians should make sure their child’s “spooktacular” costume is bright enough for motorists to spot them on the street.
The costume shouldn’t obstruct any vision or hearing, and should be short enough that a kid doesn’t trip on it when they’re running around.
Make sure kids are walking in groups or at least have either an adult or older teen with them when they trick-or-treat. They’ll likely be excited to trick-or-treat and may be running around with friends, so make sure they know to cross at crosswalks and look both ways before crossing the street. And if you see a darkened home with no Halloween decorations on, avoid knocking on their door.
As for drivers, Niemczyk says they should slow down to at least 10 kilometres below the speed limit, and be ready to stop in case a trick-or-treater runs onto the road in front of you.
For adults planning on having a couple of drinks at costume parties, don’t drink and drive.