PISCATAWAY, NJ – Today is Halloween and the Piscataway police have advised that there are no specific times to follow for trick-or-treating, and no curfew has been imposed.
But safety is their main concern as costumed children and their parents go door-to-door around the township, collecting treats throughout the afternoon and evening.
In a post on their Facebook page, the Piscataway police offer the following advice for all to have a happy and safe Halloween experience.
“Halloween is an exciting holiday for children and adults alike, to trick-or-treat and attend parties, haunted houses or other types of get-togethers. Make sure this Halloween is a safe one for you and your family. Talk to your children before they leave to go out for the evening and keep everyone safer by following the tips below.
- Children should always be accompanied by a trusted adult, and no one should trick-or-treat alone. Trick-or-treaters should do a head-count for their group after leaving each house.
- When choosing a neighborhood in which to trick-or-treat, consider one that is well lit and popular among other trick-or-treaters.
- Make sure children know not to get in a vehicle with a stranger or person they don’t trust, and to never enter a vehicle or home for a treat. They should only approach homes that are well-illuminated and that appear to be welcoming trick-or-treaters.
- Make sure all children in a group know to call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency, and that they have access to a cell phone.
- When deciding on a costume, look for one that fits well, is flame retardant, does not hinder the mobility or block the vision of the person wearing it.
- Never use a dark common area or alleyway as a shortcut, and stay on sidewalks when possible.
- Specify a time at which your children should return home, and make sure they carry a cell phone so that you can check in on them from time to time.
- Always have children and their escorts carry flashlights or glow sticks for when they are out and about, keeping in mind that some are small enough to carry on your keychain or belt loop.
- Add reflective tape to costumes or Trick-or-Treat bags to increase visibility in the dark.
- Inspect all candy before allowing your children to eat it. Toss out anything that looks suspicious, is unwrapped, or appears to have been tampered with.
- Teach your children to say NO and GET AWAY from any person or situation making them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused; even if it means yelling, kicking, attracting attention or any other means of resisting.
- If someone's life or property is in imminent danger, do not hesitate to dial 9-1-1.
To report suspicious activity or unsafe conditions, please call the Police Department's non-emergency number at 732-562-1100.”
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