WINNIPEG - As Manitobans build candy slides and chutes to get ready for Saturday, the Winnipeg Police Service is sharing a few other ways in which families can stay safe while going door to door. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, trick-or-treating will look and feel a little different, but priority number one as the kids have fun is reducing risk - and the department outlines several areas to look out for.
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- Avoid going indoors
- Wash or sanitize your hands as often as you can
- Have fun with masking up - Make it a part of your costume
- If anyone in the household isn’t feeling well, they should stay home.
- Stay in smaller groups with adult accompaniment
- If you meet another group, stay 2 metres apart
- Don’t wear floppy hats or wigs that could slip over your eyes
- Wear warm, bright, reflective clothing and comfortable shoes
- Try face paint instead of costume masks that can obstruct vision
- Avoid long or baggy costumes, or material around your legs and feet, to avoid tripping
- Avoid toy weapons, but, if it’s important for the costume, opt for foamy or flexible swords instead of rigid ones.
- Parents and guardians should come up with what route to take beforehand
- Stay on sidewalks
- Stay within the area you know
- Bring flashlights and keep alert
- If you’re driving, slow down and watch for children
- If a home doesn’t have their outside lights on, avoid it
General Safety Tips:
- Never get into a stranger’s car
- The only reason to talk to strangers is to ask for a treat
- If you’re giving candy out, keep the lights on for your driveway and/or porch
- Never enter someone’s home - Stay on the sidewalk or porch when asking for treats
- Encourage your children to trust their instincts. They should also know their home phone number in case they need it.
- Inspect all candy, fruit, and other treats before it’s eaten, throwing out anything that’s suspicious, unsafe, or isn’t wrapped properly. Contact police (Non-emergency: 204-986-6222) if you have questions about any treats that are suspicious. If in doubt, throw it out