SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Scotch Plains Police Chief Brian Mahoney released the following statement regarding safety and Halloween.
“The excitement of Halloween for children sometimes makes them forget to be careful. Simple common sense can do a lot to stop tragedies from happening and to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable day trick or treating."
“A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children. Plan and review with your older children the route they are taking and agree on a specific time they must return home. Trick or treat in neighborhoods known to your family. Stay in a group. Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk, if no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic. Never cut across yards or use alleys. Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat. Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations. Always walk. Never run across a street and use established crosswalks. Use a flashlight so that you can see and be seen by others.”
“Wear a brightly colored or reflective costume and remove all masks that limit eyesight before crossing a street or driveway. Never consume unwrapped food items or open beverages that may be offered. No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home. Chief Mahoney would also like to remind all drivers to remain cautious and drive slowly throughout the community.”
To ensure the safety of all residents and especially the children there will be extra patrol units on duty for Halloween. A common question asked is, what hours should children trick or treat? There is no township ordinance which limits the times however, we recommend that children trick or treat between the hours of 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.” concluded Chief Mahoney
These hours are only a recommendation and will not be enforced but Chief Mahoney states that this is when the most officers will be on duty and it allows children several hours of trick or treating before it gets to dark. The times also allow residents to tend to any non-Halloween related functions.
Chief Mahoney and the Scotch Plains Police Department wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Halloween day.