Halloween is coming up in just a few weeks, and each year the Danvers Police Department asks trick-or-treaters to limit their door knocking and doorbell ringing to certain hours and their own neighborhoods.
This year's hours are 6-8 pm on Oct. 31 and police also encourage parents to hold Halloween parties for groups of candy-crazed kids.
A press release from Chief Neil Ouellette offers 10 safety pointers.
- Be sure children are accompanied by an adult or responsible teenager while going door-to-door.
- Instruct children never to eat anything until they are home and the treats have been examined. Discard anything unwrapped.
- Check wrappers of commercial treats for signs of tampering.
- Call police if there are any suspicious treats.
- Make sure costumes fit and the child can see well. Wear face make-up instead of a mask. Wear light-colored clothing or reflective tape for visibility.
- Tell children to trick-or-treat in their own neighborhoods, on well-lit streets.
- If children are going to be out after dark, make sure they carry a flashlight.
- Teach children to use the sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side facing cars. Look both ways before crossing the street.
- Know which friends your children will be with, and which route they are taking.
- Leave your porch light on so children will know it's okay to visit your home.