Chief Joseph O’Connor
219 Walden Street
P.O. Box 519
Concord, MA 01742
For Immediate Release
Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Concord Police Provide Halloween
CONCORD — With Halloween fast approaching, Chief Joseph O’Connor and the Concord Police Department would like to share several important safety tips as residents get ready to go out trick-or-treating this year.
“As the community gets into the Halloween spirit, we are encouraging residents to keep these safety tips in mind to ensure that everyone celebrating has a safe and enjoyable night,” Chief O’Connor said. “Please also remember to contact police if you see anything suspicious or out of the ordinary.”
Halloween, which is celebrated on Oct. 31, falls on a Tuesday this year. The recommended trick-or-treating hours will be from 6-8 p.m. Concord Police will have extra officers on patrol to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents.
Police also remind residents to use caution as they celebrate the weekend prior to Halloween, Oct. 27-29.
- Only approach well-lit houses in familiar neighborhoods and always travel in small groups
- Bring treats home before eating them so parents can inspect them
- Wear clothing that is bright, reflective and flame retardant
- Use flashlights for guidance on sidewalks, walkways and when crossing the street
- Make sure masks have eye-holes large enough to see any tripping hazards or oncoming traffic, and mouth openings large enough to breathe easily
- Practice safe street-crossing by using crosswalks and walk signals
- Wear sturdy shoes and temperature appropriate clothing under costumes
Parents and guardians should:
- Supervise children under 12 years old
- Establish a designated curfew for older children
- Make sure children are wearing safe costumes that fit well and don’t drag on the ground
- Apply reflective tape to your child’s arms, legs and treat bags
- Assure costume accessories such as swords and other pointed objects are made with soft and safe materials
- If driving children between houses and neighborhoods, have them get out of cars on the curbside, not on the traffic side
- Keep inside and outside lights on during trick-or-treat hours
- Avoid placing lit candles and jack-o-lanterns on doorsteps and walkways where costumes could brush against them and cause burns or fire
- Only hand out candy that is packaged and wrapped
- Avoid handing out small toys that could cause choking or lead poisoning for small children
Additionally, any suspicious person or vehicle should immediately be reported to the Concord Police Department by calling 978-318-3400.