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Posted on: October 22, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Police Remind Residents About Halloween Safety

Halloween, which is celebrated on October 31st, falls on a Saturday this year. Middletown’s trick or treating hours will be 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm. An 8:00 p.m. curfew will be in effect for people under the age of 18 on October 30th and October 31st.

“This is a fun time for the community, especially children who will be dressing up and trick-or-treating,” Middletown Police Chief R. Craig Weber said. “While we want everyone to enjoy their evening, we strongly encourage residents to be responsible and consider these safety tips.”

The Centers for Disease Control provides best practices for Halloween trick-or-treaters by asking that people follow the “Safe Halloween” motto.

Swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape on costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before you eat them.
Hold a flashlight while walking to ensure that you are visible. Walk and don’t run from house to house.
Always test make up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Lower your risk of serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
Only walk on sidewalks wherever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe and to prevent accidents or injury.
Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
Eat only factory-wrapped candy. Avoid eating homemade treats offered by strangers.
Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t accept rides from strangers
Never walk near lit candles or devices with open flames. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Please contact the Middletown Police Department at 732-615-2100 with any safety concerns.

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