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Guelph Police offer some Halloween safety tips

Canadian researchers say pedestrians are much more likely to be fatally hit on Halloween night
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File photo from Tony Saxon/GuelphToday

Halloween night is just a few hours away, and from tampered candy to road safety, there is no shortage of frights.

Guelph Police Constable Josh Fraser says there a few things trick-or-treaters should keep in mind while having fun on Halloween night.

"Never go alone, stay on track, don't go inside houses, and be visible. For parents, we always want you to check the candy before your kids eat it."

Fraser says drivers need to be extra careful as they drive around tonight.

"Be sure that you are driving at appropriate speeds. Look out for little ones who are super excited and may not look both ways before crossing the street. Drivers be aware that there will be a lot of people out that night."

Fraser says tampered candy is not common occurrence, but parents must still be vigilant.

"We do always encourage people to check the candy. Don't eat candy that has been opened or that's been unpackaged."

Fraser says he has some tips for older trick-or-treaters as well, to make sure they stay safe this Halloween.

"You should go out in a group. Numbers are in strength, so we encourage you to go out with your friends. Also make sure that when you do get home, make sure that your parents do check your candy to make sure it hasn't been damaged or opened."

Canadian researchers say there 43 per cent higher risk of pedestrian deaths on Halloween night, when compared to other nights near that date.

Children between the ages of four and eight are most likely to be hit.

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