Congratulations to Noah Last of Mansonville, whose creativity made an impression among the judges of the The Record’s third annual pumpkin carving competition. This year’s contest drew the largest number of competitors yet, making the choice even more challenging for the team tasked with picking a winner. Check out the many talented runners-up in Friday’s Outlet, pages 2 & 3.
Thanks to all for participating, and happy Halloween!
Halloween safety reminders:
Sherbrooke’s Police (the SPS) plan to carry out their annual “operation pumpkin” Halloween patrol from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. this coming Sunday, October 31.
Patrollers of the SPS as well as numerous groups of volunteers from more than 30 organizations will be present and clearly visible in all the boroughs of the city to help keep the streets safe as young children and their parent roam the streets to collect treats.
In order to help make sure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Halloween, the police are asking trick-or-treaters to keep 10 guidelines in mind:
1. Wear short clothes to avoid tripping hazards
2. Wear brightly-coloured clothes and/or reflectors to help improve visibility
3. Carry a flashlight
4. Wear makeup rather than masks.
5. Inform parents of your planned route and what time you plan to return
6. approach doors in a group, or with a parent, and wait outside.
7. Look both ways before crossing the street. Avoid unnecessary crossings.
8. Cross only at intersections or crosswalks, rather than zig-zagging.
9. Do not approach or get into a vehicle without the permission of a trusted adult.
10. Check candy with. Parent upon returning home
Given the ongoing pandemic, several groups are also encouraging Covid-specific safety-tips such as respecting basic sanitary guidelines such as masking and social distancing during your Halloween activities.
People who show symptoms of COVID 19, who must follow isolation guidelines or are in quarantine should not participate in door-to-door collection, treat distribution, or participate in parties.
When trick-or treating, children should not enter the houses. They are asked to refrain from singing or shouting in front of the people who give the treats. A distance of one metre should be kept between people, if possible.
Before and after collecting treats, hand washing is recommended, as well as the use of an alcohol-based solution as needed.
Those giving out candy at their doors are encouraged to prepare individual bags to facilitate distribution and to find ways to limit contact with trick-or-treaters.
Public health is also reminding the population that indoor Halloween parties represent the highest risk for spread of infection. A limit of 10 people in an indoor gathering remains in effect.