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Have a fun but safe Halloween this year


Tonight’s the night when ghosts, princesses, Jedi’s and a host of other characters will be trolling the streets, going door to door looking for candy. Halloween is back again and for many kids this is a day they’ve been looking forward to all year.
This year, the Town of The Pas issued a request to have trick or treaters limit their candy collection creativity to the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., passing a resolution to that effect earlier this month. While there isn’t expected to be any enforcement of the resolution, the goal is to raise awareness of the fact some would like to see trick or treaters hit the streets a little later in the day -some begin trick or treating as soon as school ends at 3:45 p.m. - and have them wrap things up at a more reasonable hour.
As always, emergency services personal will be cruising the streets to keep an eye on things but it would appear that children and parents have been practicing safe trick or treating efforts. Manitoba Public Insurance recently issued a press release noting that no one under the age of 18 has been killed in a motor vehicle collision anywhere in the province since at least 2008.
“Years of enhanced public awareness about the increased risk to young pedestrians on Halloween, combined with safety tips to children and their parents, has resulted in a safety record that all Manitobans can be proud of,” said Satvir Jatana, vice-president responsible for communications, Manitoba Public Insurance. “Halloween is typically a very busy day on our streets with excited children. The fact that no road deaths have resulted over the last decade is proof that by taking personal responsibility for road safety, every road user has the power to prevent motor vehicle fatalities. In fact, there’s no reason why zero fatalities can’t be achieved the other 364 days of the year as well.”
Still, with darkness falling well before the candy stops flowing and many costumes being dark in nature, parents are encouraged to make sure their little ghouls and goblins have some reflective items on or flashing lights, something to alert a motorist to their whereabouts.
Joining emergency crews in monitoring the area will also be The Pas Citizens on Patrol Program members, who will be patrolling in areas of town from 6:00 p.m. to at least 8:00 p.m., providing on the ground eyes and ears.
Once you get home however the safety concerns aren’t over. In the past some candies collected have had toxic or dangerous items in them so parents are encouraged to inspect their children’s candy before letting them eat any.
-Anything with open wrappers or looking like it has been tampered with should be thrown away. Never eat anything that is not wrapped.
-Beware of choking risk. Many candies are prime choking hazards.
-Be allergy-aware. Parents of children with allergies should take extra care in checking contents of kids’ candy baskets.

Trent Allen