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Halloween Safety

Halloween Safety


Children should:

    • Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses.
    • Travel in small groups and be accompanied by an adult.
    • Know their phone number and carry coins for emergency telephone calls.
    • Have their names and addresses attached to their costumes.
    • Bring treats home before eating them so parents can inspect them.
    • Use costume knives and swords that are flexible, not rigid or sharp.

When walking in neighborhoods, they should

    • Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks, and avoid crossing yards.
    • Cross streets at the corner, use crosswalks (where they exist), and do not cross between parked cars.
    • Stop at all corners and stay together in a group before crossing.
    • Wear clothing that is bright, reflective, and flame retardant.
    • Consider using face paint instead of masks. (Masks can obstruct a child’s vision.)
    • Avoid wearing hats that will slide over their eyes.
    • Avoid wearing long, baggy, or loose costumes or oversized shoes (to prevent tripping).
    • Be reminded to look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.

Parents and adults should:

    • Supervise the outing for children under age 12.
    • Establish a curfew (a return time) for older children.
    • Prepare homes for trick-or-treaters by clearing porches, lawns, and sidewalks and by placing jack-o-lanterns away from doorways and landings.
    • Avoid giving choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys as treats to young children.
    • Inspect all candy for safety before children eat it.
    • Parents and adults should ensure the safety of pedestrian trick-or-treaters
    • Make sure children under age 10 are supervised as they cross the street.
    • Drive slowly.
    • Watch for children in the street and on medians.
    • Exit driveways and alleyways carefully.
    • Have children get out of cars on the curb side, not on the traffic side.
    • And a few tips about pumpkins:
    • Carve pumpkins on stable, flat surfaces with good lighting.
    • Have children draw a face on the outside of the pumpkin, then parents should do the cutting.
    • Place lighted pumpkins away from curtains and other flammable objects, and do not leave lighted pumpkins unattended.

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Curfew Information


The Wall Township Police Department would like to remind concerned individuals of Township Ordinance # 93-2 which governs curfew hours over the week of Halloween.

It shall be unlawful for a juvenile (17 years of age and younger) to be on any public street or in any public place between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on October 29, 30, 31 and November 1st

Exemptions: 

  1. The juvenile is accompanied by their parent or guardian.
  2. Engaged in traveling to or from a business occupation.
  3. Engaged in an errand involving a medical emergency, extracurricular school activity, community based event or religious sponsored event.

Questions concerning this ordinance may be directed to the Wall Township Police Community Support Unit @ 732-449-8774 extension #1104.

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