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Blewett Elementary kicks off Halloween season

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
October 28th, 2012

The Parents Advisory Council kicked off Halloween in the Nelson and area Friday evening with the annual gala at Blewett Elementary School.

The evening’s festivities, that serves as a major fundraiser for the elementary school, has been scaring the public for more than three decades.

Parents, teachers, students and visiting public dress up in costume while participating in games like fish pond and everyone’s favourite, cake walk.

Of course the big draw to the event is the Haunted House PAC organizes.

The year the Haunted House scared more than a 100 goers.

The Blewett Halloween Night kicked off the spooky season that officially concludes Wednesday.

That’s the night when young Halloween goers trek from house to house looking tricking for treats.

It’s a night when everyone wants to enjoy and be safe.

Here is a few safety tips to consider when trick or treating this year:

1. Children under the age of nine should always be accompanied by an adult or responsible older child since they lack the developmental skills to cross the street on their own.

2. Teach your child to stop at the curb, look left, right and left again, and to listen for oncoming traffic.

3. It’s unsafe to cross between parked cars or other obstacles – always cross at crosswalks, street corners or intersections.

4. Stay on the sidewalk or path when walking from house to house and if there is no sidewalk, walk beside the road, facing traffic so drivers can see you.

5. Select costumes with bright colours to increase your child’s visibility and choose face paint instead of masks. Masks can make it hard for your child to see properly and often restrict peripheral vision making it difficult to check for oncoming traffic before crossing a road.

Tips for drivers:

1. Drive slowly in residential areas where children are more likely to be trick-or-treating.

2. Watch out for kids, many of who may be wearing costumes with masks that make it difficult for them to see.

3. Reduce your distractions and stay alert and always concentration should be on the road, not diverted by cell phones or loud music.

4. Remember to enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully. Excited trick-or-treaters may run on sidewalks, or dart out unexpectedly. 

Safety tips courtesy Safe Kids Canada

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