TRURO - Motorists are cautioned to keep their eyes peeled this evening for walking I-phones, Facebook pages, ghosts, goblins or whatever other form of young costumed creatures might be out and about trick or treating.
"Leave a few minutes earlier," Truro police chief David MacNeil offered, as a word of caution to motorists to ensure they take their time with youngsters out and about.
Make sure your headlights are on, he added, and stay alert, especially in residential areas.
"Because as much as you try to tell young people to stay on the sidewalks and not to criss-cross when they're trick or treating, that inevitably happens, and in the excitement of it all we don't want someone to dart out in front of a vehicle and have a tragedy."
MacNeil also offered some safety tips for the trick or treaters themselves.
"You want to make sure you never trick or treat alone," he said, in advising that all children have an adult or proper chaperone with them.
If a parent is not accompanying their child, they should at least know the route or area where they plan to be collecting treats, he suggested.
And all youngsters should resist the temptation of breaking into their goody bags until after they get home, he said.
"Don't eat your candy before you get home. Make sure your parent inspects the treats to make sure there's nothing wrong with them."
And while MacNeil said he would prefer to see children wear face paint, as opposed to masks, which cut down on visibility, if you do wear a mask, make sure the eyeholes are large.
Trick or treaters should also stick to lighted areas as much as possible and costumes should have reflective material or striping.
And younger children should be especially careful of strangers in a vehicle or otherwise who attempt to befriend them.
Additional officers will be patrolling Truro streets during Halloween night but MacNeil said he is not expecting any major issues.
"Recent years, Halloween has been pretty good and we anticipate this year will be the same," he said. "We don't anticipate any problems per se."