Let’s be honest here – Halloween is a lot of fun no matter how old a person is.
It is the one day of the year when anyone can go to work dressed as a Ninja Turtle and not have a soul bat an eye.
And people give away candy like it’s going out of style.
It’s a great day by any stretch of the imagination.
Why some people choose to turn this night into an excuse to annoy others is beyond us.
The fact that the RCMP, local police and the Provincial Fire Marshal’s office have to issue pleas and reminders to the public to refrain from lighting fires and causing mischief is a sad state of affairs.
Obviously these incidents are the minority, but they shouldn’t even be that. It would be nice if they didn’t happen at all.
We shall see.
But while we’re waiting, let’s review some basic safety tips put forward by our law enforcement officers.
A complete list can be found on page A3 and online at journalpioneer.com, but here’s a few to mull over.
Don’t trick or treat alone, let parents know where you’re going, respect property and don’t go to houses that don’t have lights on.
Simple enough for the kids.
Adults should be aware of all the little people running around Halloween night.
If there is one night of the year where everyone should be extra attentive while driving, it’s Halloween.
This is a night for fun – not sorrow. We should all do our part to help keep it that way.
In fact, the RCMP is warning drivers to avoid child-filled subdivisions entirely if possible. Which is hardly too much to ask for one night of the year.
They are also asking drivers to slow down and reduce the amount of distractions they might face. Good advice any time of the year.
Police say intersections in particular can be problematic and drivers are asked to pay extra attention there.
Really this stuff is just all common sense – but even the best of us need reminders from time to time.
Here’s to a fun-filled and incident-free Halloween in Prince County.