There will be some familiar faces at busy intersections in Antigonish on Halloween night.
The St. F.X. Student-Athlete Advisory Council, which includes two representatives from each varsity team, helps organize community events for the school’s athletic department, including providing trick-or-treaters with a helping hand at crosswalks to make the celebration a safe and happy one.
“We want to be around as much as we can be but, with the crosswalks, it is absolutely great to have them there,” Cst. Morgan MacPherson, Antigonish RCMP community policing officer, said.
“They are great role models for the kids – they all recognize them as athletes from the university, so it is a huge asset to us.”
Along with the Xaverian student-athletes, volunteers such as members of the Antigonish Town and County Crime Prevention Association will continue their tradition of assisting RCMP members.
“The big thing we want to get across to the kids – and the parents, as well – is bright costumes are our favourites, so that the kids can be seen,” MacPherson said, noting carrying a flashlight is also recommended.
“And not to be crossing in areas other than on a crosswalk – the crosswalk would be the safest place to cross the street.”
MacPherson also added the idea of “safety in numbers.”
“If there is a group going out together, that would be much preferred to having one or two people out by themselves,” he noted.
MacPherson agreed motorists also need to be vigilant.
“With the increase in foot traffic, especially in the residential areas in town, we are asking the motoring public to take their time and be on the lookout for the kids,” he said.
“They are kids and sometimes they will forget about the safety aspect of it.”