WOODBRIDGE – Township police will enforce a special Halloween curfew on the evenings of Wednesday, Oct. 30 (Mischief Night) and Thursday, Oct. 31 (Halloween night). The curfew is in place from 7 p.m. to sunrise and applies to everyone under the age of 18, unless accompanied by a parent, guardian, or responsible adult. Police will issue a warning and instructions to return home to first-time violators; second offense violators will be taken into custody and held until picked up by a parent or guardian.
“As Halloween has grown in popularity, so have responsibilities to safeguard and protect our ‘trick-or-treaters’ as they go from house-to-house and to the special holiday events sponsored by the Township Department of Recreation,” Mayor John E. McCormac said. “While the Woodbridge Police Department will be watching out for our ‘ghosts and goblins’ as part of special Halloween patrols and the Health Department is available to provide information on healthy treats, the safety of our youngest ‘trick-or-treaters’ falls to parents and older children. We encourage everyone – young and old alike – to think ‘safety first’ as they attend the many Halloween events scheduled over the next several days and as youngsters take to the streets for ‘trick-or-treating’ on Halloween.”
The Department of Recreation is hosting the free annual Halloween Hay Ride & Family Fun Night on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Parker Press Park.
The Woodbridge Police Department issued these Halloween safety precautions:
- Make sure “Trick-or-Treaters” know to only approach familiar houses that have outside lights on – that is the signal that the homeowner/resident is ready to greet “Trick-or-Treaters” – never enter a stranger’s house or vehicle.
- Consider using make-up rather than masks. Masks obstruct vision, making it difficult to see oncoming traffic;
- Wear light-colored clothing or add reflective tape to darker costumes;
- Always carry a flashlight or an inexpensive battery-operated strobe light;
- An adult should always accompany small children while “Trick-or-Treating.” Older children should travel in groups for safety;
- Trick-or-treat in daylight hours;
- Consider handing out something other than candy – fast food coupons, sports cards, and other novelty items make for safe treats;
- Trick-or-treaters should return home before opening candy and other treats – previously opened candy should be thrown out. It is sad to think people may tamper with food and candy given to children… but it’s better to be safe.
ADULTS & MOTORISTS:
- Stay alert at all times for young children who may unexpectedly dart in front of a vehicle. In the excitement of the day, trick-or-treaters probably won’t be paying attention to passing motor vehicles, so slow down and drive cautiously;
- If you attend a Halloween party where alcohol is served, make sure you have a designated driver for the trip home. Alcohol, even in small amounts, slows reaction time and dulls the senses. With small children running from house to house, driving while under the influence can have a deadly result… and it’s against the law;
- If you are transporting trick-or-treaters, remember that “buckling-up” is a proven lifesaving measure. Costume or not, always buckle up!
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