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!
- 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