Published in the October 29, 2015 edition


NORTH READING — The North Reading Police Department has issued the following Halloween Safety Tips to make the night enjoyable and safe for all members of the family.

Suggested Trick or Treat times: 6 to 8 p.m.


• Make up is better than masks, as masks can obstruct a child’s vision.

• Always test make up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

• Parents should make certain that all costumes are nonflammable and provide adequate ventilation and visibility. Reflective tape can be attached to costumes or candy bags.

• Swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.

While out trick or treating:

• Trick or treaters should always be in groups and parents should accompany young children.

• Flashlights and glow sticks are a great tool to alert motorists that children are walking and can assist in helping to illuminate the path of trick or treaters.

• Under no circumstances should children go into anyone’s home. There is no reason for a child to be invited into the home of a person they do not know.

• Parents should have a map routed out so it is known where older children are trick or treating.

• Don’t eat any treats before they have been examined by an adult for choking hazards or tampering.

Adults and older kids that will be attending Halloween parties should remember:

• Many young children are out for the evening, especially during the peak hours of 5:30–7 p.m., so drive slowly!

• Don’t drive a vehicle while wearing any sort of mask. Your visibility could be obscured.

• To have a designated driver if attending an adult Halloween party where alcohol is served.