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SFC. Julian Castellanos - ext. 6515
Sgt. Brian Polite - ext. 6514

October 28, 2010

Treating New Jersey To a Safe Halloween

West Trenton, N.J. – Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, but sometimes that excitement may cause trick-or-treaters to be a little careless. This holiday presents special challenges for parents, drivers and children alike.

For homeowners, Halloween is the one day of the year when they can expect their doorbell to ring repeatedly. Despite this, residents should not feel obligated to open the door if they are concerned for their safety. Many towns are now setting designated trick-or-treat hours. Residents are urged to check with their towns for further information.

Halloween isn't just for kids.  Spend quality time with your children by trick-or-treating with them. It’s not only safer for them to walk with an adult, but it also can be a lot of fun for you. 

Please consider these suggestions to make your Halloween a safe and happy one.


  • Use make-up rather than masks.  Masks may obstruct a child's vision making it difficult for them to see oncoming traffic.
  • Wear light-colored clothing, or add reflective tape to darker costumes.  Always carry a flashlight at night.  Inexpensive battery-operated strobe lights are now sold in many drug stores and convenience stores
  • An adult should always accompany children when they are out trick-or-treating.  Older teens should travel in groups for their safety.
  • Make sure trick-or-treaters know to only approach familiar houses that have outside lights on and never to enter a stranger's house or vehicle.
  • The best advice: Trick-or-treat in daylight hours.


  • Stay alert at all times for young children who may dart in front of your vehicle unexpectedly.  In the excitement of the day, trick-or-treaters probably won't be paying attention to passing motor vehicles, so slow down and drive cautiously.
  • If you attend a Halloween party where alcohol is served, make sure you have a designated driver for the trip home.  Alcohol, even in small amounts, slows reaction time and dulls the senses.  With small children running from house to house, driving while under the influence can have a deadly result.
  • If you are transporting trick-or-treaters, remember that seat belt laws are not a burden, but a proven lifesaving measure.  Costume or not, buckle up!


  • Consider handing out something other than candy—fast food coupons, pens, sports cards...
  • All opened candy should be thrown out.  Make your own trick-or-treaters wait until they return home, and you have examined their goodies, before they sample any treats.  It is sad to think people may tamper with food and candy given to children, but better safe than sorry.

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