Police & Fire

Halloween Helpful Hints

Tricks for a safe and happy holiday.View full size


-       Costumes should be short enough so that your child doesn't trip on it, either walking, or going up and down stairs

-       Costumes should have strips of reflective tape, if your child is going out at night

-       Comfortable shoes are a must for trick-or-treating

-       Flashlights will help your child navigate unfamiliar home entries at night

-       Costumes should be made of flame-retardant materials

-       So that vision isn't obscured, face paint is a better alternative to a plastic face mask

Trick-or-Treating Tips:

-       Know the area in which your child will be trick-or-treating

-       Elementary age children should be accompanied by an adult, or a trusted teenager

-       Children should only approach homes that are lit up, and welcoming

-       Children should not enter a home unless the residents are well-known to them; instruct your child never to enter a stranger's home

-       Remind your child to walk on the sidewalk, not in the street

-       All treats should be brought home and checked by an adult before eating

Halloween is an imaginative and memorable holiday. Make it a safe one, too!

About this column:

West Caldwell Police Officer Paul Mazzeo is a D.A.R.E. officer for the Caldwell-West Caldwell School District and resource officer at James Caldwell High School.