Toronto Police plan extra Halloween patrols
Toronto Police are stepping up patrols in residential neighbourhoods for Halloween night, making sure that trick-or-treaters stay safe and that any would-be vandals stay out of trouble.
"We will be paying particular attention to side-streets to ensure that everybody has a safe evening," says Toronto Police Cst. Wendy Drummond.
Police are recommending parents outfit their kids with reflective gear and flashlights before they head out to go door-to-door.
They're also asking drivers to do their part.
"We do ask that you slow down and really keep your wits about you because there could potentially be little kids running out, in all their excitement, into the roadways," says Drummond.
Once the kids are bundled up, Drummond says you should remind them that the rules on strangers still apply on Halloween night.
"Talk to them about the possibility of people inviting them into their homes and how they can politely refuse."
She adds your child should know that if they do get an invite, the first person they tell should be mum or dad.
Drummond says its also a good idea to check their Halloween loot for open packages or suspicious treats before they dig in.
Any potentially hazardous hand-outs can be reported to the Toronto Police non-emergency line at: 416-808-2222.