CAA Provides Tips for Safe Halloween Celebrations

Saint John, NB- Halloween is just around the corner, and this year's spooky night falls on a Friday- causing an expected rise in the number of partygoers and trick-or-treaters taking to the streets on Halloween Night. CAA urges revelers both young and old to a make plans to stay safe.

"Pedestrian traffic is always busy on Halloween night," explains Gary Howard, CAA spokesperson. But with Halloween on a Friday this year, young trick-or-treaters will be sharing the road with adult partygoers."

According to the Retail Council of Canada, last year 68 percent of Canadians planned to participate in at least one Halloween-related activity such as going to a party, wearing a costume, handing out candy, taking children trick-or-treating, or getting together with friends. With so many people out an about, CAA encourages drivers and pedestrians to be extra cautious and aware of their surroundings while driving.

CAA suggests trick-or-treaters and partygoers reduce their risk of being involved in a motor vehicle crash by doing some advance planning.

Trick-or-Treaters & Parents:

  • Select highly visible costumes. Look for light, bright and reflective costumes that make trick-or-treaters easy to see. Add reflective tape to costumes and treat buckets and bags to increase visibility.
  • Ensure costumes fit well. Have trick-or-treaters try on, walk and play in costumes and shoes in advance to check fit. Make sure nothing comes loose or might cause the child to trip. Check that wigs or other accessories do not obstruct the child's view.
  • Review safety precautions with children. Include traffic safety rules in the review such as stay on the sidewalk, cross the street at crosswalks, avoid walking in front of, behind or between parked cars and stop at driveways to make sure no vehicles are coming in and out.
  • Plan trick-or-treating route and supervision in advance. Avoid areas with heavy vehicle traffic and look for well-lit streets with sidewalks. Make arrangements for an adult or a responsible teen to accompany younger trick-or-treaters.
  • Get a flashlight with fresh batteries. A flashlight can help trick-or-treaters see and be seen, but it should never be directed at someone's eyes including those of passing motorists.

Partygoers & Hosts:

  • Make plans to get home safely. If intending to consume alcohol, make plans to get home safely by selecting a designated driver or ensuring cab service is available from the party location.
  • Consider an overnight stay. If attending a party at a friend's home, consider asking to stay overnight. If participating in festivities in a downtown or commercial area, look into hotel accommodations within walking distance. Many hotels offer special Halloween weekend rates and promotions.
  • Have safe transportation options ready. If hosting a party with alcohol, compile a list of phone numbers including local cab companies and organizations offering designated driver services to have readily available should guests need a safe way home.
  • Plan your travel route carefully. Try to avoid cutting through residential areas that will likely have a large number of trick-or-treaters. If providing directions to a party, make sure to not route guests through residential areas unnecessarily.
  • Take care of designated drivers and offer alternatives to alcohol. Plan to have non-alcoholic drink options available for designated drivers and others. Serve plenty of food so partygoers do not drink on empty stomachs.

"Alcohol and driving is a deadly mix that claims the lives of more than 1,300 Canadians each year," explains Howard. "Don't take chances with your life and the lives of others, take extra caution and make sure this is a safe and happy Halloween for everyone."

CAA is the federation of 9 CAA automobile clubs across Canada, serving over 5 million Members through 140 offices and affiliations in 95 countries. CAA provides a wide range of Member services and works to improve travelling and motoring conditions. CAA (Maritimes) serves CAA Members across Atlantic Canada from six branch locations in Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton, Halifax, Dartmouth and Charlottetown.

For more information
Gary Howard
CAA (Maritimes)
Tel: 506-634-1400
Email: ghoward@caa.maritimes.ca