EAST BRIDGEWATER — Halloween is less than two weeks away, so Chief Scott Allen and the East Bridgewater Police Department are reminding families of several important safety tips as they prepare to take their children trick-or-treating this year.
“We’re excited to get into the Halloween spirit again this year,” Chief Allen said. “However, we want to remind residents that safety is our top priority and we are confident that following these safety tips will help ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable night of trick-or-treating.”
Oct. 31 falls on a Tuesday this year and East Bridgewater Police will work to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents. There are no set trick-or-treating hours in East Bridgewater, but police recommend concluding by 8 p.m.
- Only approach well-lit houses and always travel in small groups
- Bring treats home before eating them so parents can inspect them
- Wear clothing that is bright, reflective and flame retardant
- Use flashlights for guidance on sidewalks, walkways and when crossing the street
- Make sure masks have eye-holes large enough to see any tripping hazards or oncoming traffic, and mouth openings large enough to breathe easily
- Practice safe street-crossing by using crosswalks and walk signals
- Walk and don’t run from house to house
- Wear sturdy shoes and temperature appropriate clothing under costumes
- Never accept rides from strangers
Parents and guardians should:
- Supervise their children
- Establish a designated curfew for older children
- Make sure children are wearing safe costumes that fit well and don’t drag on the ground
- Apply reflective tape to your child’s arms, legs and treat bags
- Assure costume accessories such as swords and other pointed objects are made with soft and safe materials
- If driving children between houses and neighborhoods, have them get out of cars on the curbside, not on the traffic side.
- Keep inside and outside lights on during trick-or-treat hours
- Avoid placing lit candles and jack-o-lanterns on doorsteps and walkways where costumes could brush against them and cause burns or fire
- Only hand out candy that is packaged and wrapped
- Avoid handing out small toys that could cause choking or lead poisoning for small children
Additionally, any suspicious person or vehicle should immediately be reported to the East Bridgewater Police at 508-378-7223 or by dialing 911.