Westfield Police Department

Located in Westfield, Indiana. If you are in need of assistance, please call Dispatch at 773-1300 for non-emergencies and 911 for emergencies. This account is not monitored 24/7.

Westfield Trick-or-Treat

Trick-or-Treat hours are Tuesday, October 31, from 5-8pm this year. There will be extra patrols out that evening in the neighborhoods and officers will be handing out glow necklaces for your trick-or-treaters.    

Here are some tips to help keep you and your family safe this Halloween!

For Trick-or-Treaters:

  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Stay on sidewalks.
  • Obey traffic signals.
  • Always look both directions before crossing the street and, if you are older, hold the hand of the younger children to help them across.
  • Always cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Remember:  Drivers have a hard time seeing people, especially at dusk!  Wear clothing or costumes that have reflective markings or tape.
  • Walk, don’t run.
  • Avoid cutting through yards, or between cars.  There may be hazards that you can’t see in the dark and drivers that can’t see you!
  • Put electronic devices down and keep your head up when walking, especially when crossing the street!
  • Approach only houses that are lit.
  • Never go into a stranger’s house.
  • Stay away from and don’t pet animals you don’t know.
  • Costumes should be flame-retardant.
  • Watch for open flames from jack-o-lanterns.
  • Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground. Making sure it’s the right size will help prevent trips and falls!
  • Avoid wearing masks that obscure your vision.  Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible.
  • Shoes should fit, even if they don’t match your costume.
  • Make sure any props (guns, knives, swords, etc.) are made from flexible material to avoid injuries.
  • Go in groups, with friends or family, and stay in familiar neighborhoods.  Young children should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Candy that has been opened before you receive it should be thrown away.  Never eat something that is not in a sealed package.  Any homemade treats or fruit should be inspected by parents first.

For Parents and Homeowners:

  • If your children do go out on their own, be sure they wear a watch they can read in the dark.
  • Older children should know where and how to reach you and when to be home.
  • Also, know their route!
  • Children should bring their candy home to be inspected before consuming anything.
  • Turn on your porch light.
  • Move lit jack-o-lanterns off the porch where kids get bunched up if they are trick-or-treating in groups.  Battery-powered jack-o-lantern candles are preferable to a real flame.
  • Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard.  Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won’t be blown into a candle.
  • Drive slowly all evening—you never know what creature may suddenly cross your path!
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Put up pets to protect them from cars and inadvertently biting someone.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police.  Call 911 for emergencies or Dispatch at 773-1300 for non-emergencies.

For more safety tips:

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office: https://local.nixle.com/alert/5285580/

Indiana State Police’s recommendations: http://bit.ly/1NnYIXF

Safe Kids Worldwide: http://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips

Safety tips for Pet Owners: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/halloween-safety-tips

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This entry was posted on September 21, 2016 by in Safety Tips.
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