Pumpkins and candy and hockey – oh my!

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There is lots of Halloween fun on tap tonight:

Fiery Faces will be lighting up more than 300 carved pumpkins tonight and Saturday at the Plympton Wyoming Fairgrounds. Admission is a donation to local school snack programs.

The U17 World Hockey tournament makes a stop in Petrolia with Canada Black on the ice tonight against Sweden at the Greenwood Recreation Center. Doors open at 6pm and the game starts at 7 pm.

And of course, the tricker treaters will be out – here are some tips from the OPP.

Lambton County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers will be highly visible in all parts of the County to help make this a safe and fun ‘Trick or Treating” experience for everyone. Here are some safety reminders to consider.

  • Walk; do not run from door to door.  Use sidewalks and cross walks or cross at corners and well lit areas.  It is not safe to cut across lawns as there may be objects on the grass that you could trip over.
  • Adults should accompany children at all times.  Small children should ‘Trick or Treat’ when it is still daylight if possible.
  • Older children should stay in groups, plan a route and stick with it.  Only include neighbourhoods that you know.  Let your family know what route you intend to use and agree on a time to be home so they can go out to look for you if you do not return on time.
  • Only go to lit homes and never go into a house or apartment even if you are invited.  Don’t talk to strangers or get into vehicles while out ‘Trick or Treating.’
  • Always check your treats before you eat them.  Look for packaging that has been tampered with, or is loose or torn.  If you are suspicious, throw them away.  Homemade popcorn balls, cookies and candy apples are nice and usually well intended by the giver but they can be dangerous.  Dispose of them as well unless you know and trust who gave them to you.
  • Drivers should slow down and watch for children.  Children get excited and may forget to look before they run out onto the roadways.
  • Don’t drive distracted.  Keep your eyes on the roadway and your mind on driving.
  • Don’t drink and drive!  Use a designated driver, take a taxi or use public transit.

Please do your part to ensure this is a safe and fun Halloween for everyone.

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