EDITORIAL: Have a scary Halloween but be safe out there, everyone

Everyone wants Halloween to be a fun experience, for themselves and especially for their children. It is, unfortunately, a time of year when the fun and excitement of the celebration can get mixed up with tragedy.

This year, because Halloween falls on a Friday, Surrey RCMP will have additional resources assisting front-line officers to ensure the safety of those who want to enjoy the trick-or-treat hours.

But more and more, parents are foregoing much of the door-to-door tradition of collecting candy and taking their gruesomely – or awesomely – masked kids to neighbourhood parties or other safe, organized group activities.

But if you’re opting to include trick-or-treating in your child’s Halloween experience, some reasonable preparations will help to ensure it is the foundation for happy memories. First and foremost, trick-or-treating is more fun – and safer – when it is a group activity. Share the fun with friends, and never go alone.

Don’t just pick costumes and masks for their scary or dazzling qualities. Visibility is important, too. Make sure your kids can see easily from behind their masks, and ensure that their costumes keep them visible on the sidewalks and especially on the crosswalks – which they should always use instead of jaywalking and darting through traffic.

In fact, it may be difficult with all the excitement of the evening, but try to slow those kids down a bit. Help motorists by mitigating the distractions of ghosts and ghouls jumping in and out of their headlights. And if you’re going to have a fireworks display, follow the city’s rules.

Only trick-or-treat at homes where you are welcome -porch lights or lit pumpkins and decorations make the invitation obvious, while darkness is a clear indication that the homeowners don’t share your Halloween enthusiasm. And kids, don’t dig into that windfall of candy until it has been inspected by an adult.

Unfortunately, over the years, it has become quite clear that, although rare, some of Halloween’s monsters are real.

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