CPS, CFD plans to have 800 vehicles on Calgary streets for Halloween

Oct 24 2019, 12:05 pm

Kids will flock to Calgary’s streets this October 31 in search of candy, though they won’t be the only ones roaming the city’s residential neighbourhoods.

A total of 800 vehicles — a mix of police cars, fire trucks, transit vehicles, bylaw vehicles, and ambulances — will be patrolling throughout Calgary during prime trick-or-treat hours (6 to 8 pm) in order to keep kids and parents safe this Halloween.

A release from the City of Calgary states that this will mark the 25th consecutive year that Calgary Partners for Safety will be keeping streets secure for the spookiest night of the year.

“Every year we are happy to come together with our colleagues in emergency and community services to ensure that Halloween is a fun and safe experience for all young costumed trick-or-treaters,” said Carol Henke, Public Information Officer for the Calgary Fire Department.

The release also included some tips for making this Halloween a safe one — including for non-trick-or-treaters who may simply be driving around town during the candy-grabbing chaos:

  • Choose or make Halloween costumes which allow your trick-or-treater to see clearly. Avoid costumes that are too loose and could choke, tangle or trip, and ensure costumes are made of bright, reflective material.
  • Parents should always find out where their trick-or-treaters are going and when they will be home.
  • Trick-or-treaters should remain in the doorway or on the doorstep, when trick-or treating.
  • Trick-or treaters should travel in groups and avoid short cuts through alleys, lanes or private property.
  • Trick-or treaters should cross the street at intersections after looking both ways to ensure it is safe before crossing.
  • Trick-or-treaters who are out after dark should carry a flashlight to help see and be seen.
  • Parents should check all Halloween treats before children eat them.