Safety first on Halloween night
St. F.X. student-athletes will, once again, provide a championship performance on Halloween night in Antigonish.
They, along with members of the Antigonish Town and County Crime Prevention Association, will be stationed at a variety of crosswalks in the community, helping youngsters remain safe while enjoying their fun.
“It has been a huge success and it is a huge help for us,” Antigonish RCMP community policing officer Const. Morgan Macpherson said of the partnership.
“It takes a lot of pressure off us; whereas, before this was implemented, we were concentrating a lot on the busy intersections ourselves.
“It frees us up for patrols throughout the neighbourhoods,” he added, describing their assistance as “invaluable.”
Members of the St. F.X. Student Athlete Advisory Council help organize community events throughout the year, including the annual Halloween safety effort.
“It is a lot of fun,” Antigonish native Emma Boudreau, a member of the St. F.X. track and field team, said.
Growing up in the community, she remembered being the trickor-treater receiving a helping hand from St. F.X. student-athletes. On Halloween night, Macpherson said, “safety is paramount. When we do our presentations [at schools] and speaking to parents – we know sometimes it is difficult – we try to make sure the kids have something light-coloured on, so that traffic can see them,” he said.
Macpherson added they encourage parents to talk to their children about using sidewalks and crosswalks.
“We are asking drivers, as well, to slow down a little bit, be a little bit more cautious; not only at intersections, but also anywhere on our streets,” he said.
“Despite knowing the rules, kids will be kids, at times, and they will forget what safety is all about because they are so excited.”
Macpherson also offered the reminder not to eat any treats until they are checked by an adult.
“We have been pushing that hard in the schools. A lot of kids think, as long as they check them, that everything is alright,” he said of that message. “We have been explaining to the kids why; unfortunately, that’s the age we live in, the society that we live in. We always hope bad things do not happen, but they can happen anywhere.
“If there is something the parents aren’t sure of, if there is any doubt at all, then just put it in the garbage,” Macpherson added.
He noted there will be extra police patrols on Halloween night.
“So, if there is anything suspicious in nature, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we will go check it out,” Macpherson said.
St. F.X. student-athletes will, once again, be out and about on Halloween night to help trick-or-treaters safely navigate Antigonish crosswalks. Emma Boudreau (left), Allie Flower, Tim Brennan, Const. Tom Kelloway, Emily Power, Megan Graham and Const. Lindsey Mccarthy gathered recently to discuss plans for the evening.