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Stamford Police: Have Fun, Stay Safe This Halloween

Stamford police have offered a set of safety tips for families who will be trick-or-treating this Halloween.
Stamford police have offered a set of safety tips for families who will be trick-or-treating this Halloween. Photo Credit: Wilton Police Department

STAMFORD, Conn. — As children (and some adults) ready for Halloween hijinks and treat-or-treating fun, the Stamford Police Department is urging people to be cautious.

"Halloween is a fun and exciting time for kids," the department said in a post on its Facebook page. "Here are a few safety tips to help make it a safe experience:"

  • Costumes should fit properly and be bright. If the clothing is dark, add reflective tape.
  • Trick-or-treaters should use a flashlight or glow sticks after dark.
  • Use crosswalks and wait for traffic signals while crossing streets.
  • Parents should set a curfew.
  • Stay on sidewalks or streets. Do not cut through backyards.
  • Children should never go into a house or car of a stranger.
  • When children are old enough to go trick-or-treating without adult supervision, they should NOT go alone. Stay in groups.
  • Only go to houses with a porch light on.
  • Adults should inspect all candy before it is eaten. Unwrapped candy should be thrown away. If any candy appears suspicious, notify police.
  • Young children should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Masks can limit eyesight and face makeup can sometimes cause adverse reactions on the skin. Consider only wearing masks while approaching a door and pre-testing face makeup on a child's arm for about 30 minutes.

Anyone who may need to contact the police department for non emergency matters should call 203-977-4444. Those dealing with more urgent matters should call 911.

Learn more about Stamford police on Facebook.

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