While it can be an exciting time of the year, Upper Ottawa Valley OPP is reminding trick-or-treaters that there are dangers to Halloween.

In order to keep people safe, the detachment is asking anyone going out for Halloween to keep a few guidelines in mind. They want trick-or-treaters to keep their costumes safe by wearing bright colours with reflective material, avoiding baggy or oversized costumes, and opting for makeup rather than bulky masks.

While out on Halloween, police urge kids to never trick-or-treat alone, and be with an adult or a group. If going with friends, make sure that an adult knows where you’re going and when you will be home. Trick-or-treaters should stay in well-lit, familiar neighbourhoods, and never go inside to get a treat. Adults should check treats before they are eaten.

The OPP is reminding motorists to be extra careful during the afternoon and evening of Halloween. They also want those out and about to always walk the streets rather than run, look both ways and cross at crosswalks or intersections if possible.