Friendly puppy and older sister Haylee Noel, 10 leads her lumberjack brothers Merritt, 18 months, and Judah, 5, to trick or treat downtown Sequim on Halloween. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Tips on having a safe Halloween

With Halloween looking a bit different in 2020, the RCMP is reminding folks how to stay safe during the festivities.

For trick or treating, they advise:

· Ensure costumes have a perfectly frightful fit. Make sure the length does not pose a tripping hazard. Wear bright costumes, reflective tape, glow sticks or carry a flashlight.

· Walk on the sidewalk when possible, visiting houses on one side of the street at a time.

· Choose costumes that allow a non-medical mask to be worn underneath. Make sure you can see and breathe comfortably.

· Ideally, children should be accompanied by a parent, adult family member, an older sibling or trusted family friend.

· Children should not enter a house nor a vehicle of someone they do not know.

· Avoid alleys, dark parking areas, or vacant lots.

· Maintain social distancing of two metres, try and stay in your own neighbourhood and avoid touching doorbells or knocking on doors by yelling “trick or treat.”

· Don’t go trick or treating if feeling ill.

Drivers have a role in keeping trick or treaters safe:

· Drive slowly through residential areas, watching for children who may be on the road or using crosswalks.

· Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.

· Watch for children darting out from houses and cars.

· When approaching intersections, be extra diligent in coming to full and complete stops; proceeding slowly thereafter.

Advice for those handing out candy:

· Don’t hand out candy if you are feeling ill or self-isolating.

· Wear a non-medical mask that fully covers your nose and mouth.

· Use tongs to hand out pre-packaged candy and find creative ways to maintain distance from trick or treaters.

· Keep a clear path from the road or sidewalk to your front door. Remove any items that may pose a tripping hazard.

· Leave the porch lights on.

· Pets should be kept inside away from trick or treaters.

· Report any suspicious activities to the RCMP.