Beaverton Police Department: Halloween Safety Tips
By Police Staff
Halloween is enjoyed by both kids and adults alike! This year Halloween falls on a Tuesday and there are lots of community locations you can take your trick-or-treaters to that are safe and indoors. If you choose to go door-to-door with your trick-or-treaters, remember to cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Remind your kids to never enter into someone’s house. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. Adult escorts should always carry a flashlight. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups, never alone. An adult should inspect all candy before kids ingest any.
As for drivers out on Halloween, popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours. Be aware that kids wearing facemasks may have limited vision so do not assume that they see you. We shouldn’t forget about our furry friends on Halloween! Your animals may be spooked by all of the foot traffic, doorbell ringing and unfamiliar visitors. It is best to keep them inside and secured away from the front door where they may run out.
We hope you have a safe and fun Halloween filled with lots of treats!