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Trick or Treat Safely Tonight

Here is some advice from police to parents on trick-or-treating tonight for Halloween.

There are no set trick or treating hours in Peabody for Halloween, but the Police Department suggests parents head out with their kids in costume from 5-8 p.m.

Here is some advice for parents on trick-or-treating tonight:

  • Have adult supervision. Accompany your kids if you don’t think they’re old enough to trick-or-treat on their own.
  • There is safety in numbers. If they’re old enough to trick-or-treat without an adult, tell your kids to stay in a group.
  • Map out your plan. Designate a route before your kids begin trick-or-treating, and make sure they stick to it.
  • Stay in well populated areas. Have your kids trick-or-treat in areas where there are a lot of people around. They should also avoid taking short-cuts through alleys and parking lots.
  • Try tick-or-treat-friendly homes. Ensure your kids only visit houses with lights on.
  • Stay outside. Make sure your kids don’t go inside someone’s house. They can get their candy from the porch.
  • Remain visible. Dress your kids in a bright costume so others can see them. If their costume is dark, have your kids wear reflective strips or carry a glow stick or flashlight.
  • Remember, shorter is safer. Ensure your kids’ costumes aren’t so long that they can trip over them.
  • Don't cover the face. Instead of masks, have your kids wear make-up so they can see well.
  • Quality-check treats. Check your kids’ candy before they eat it. Throw out any candy or treat that is not in its original wrapper or looks like it has been tampered with.
  • Say "no" to strangers. Tell your kids to never accept a ride or go anywhere with a stranger.
  • Obey the law. Encourage your kids to follow all the regular rules for walking around. That includes looking both ways before crossing, obeying all traffic laws and using cross walks and crossing lights where available.
  • Report any suspicious activity. All citizens are urged to report any unusual activity to the Police Department.

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