Halloween safety tips

| 28 Sep 2011 | 03:01

    WEST MILFORD — West Milford Police Chief Paul Costello is issuing the following advisory and safety tips for parents and children for Halloween. Halloween is intended to be a happy and joyful celebration for our youth, and the police department is taking necessary steps to ensure the public’s safety. In order to keep this time safe and enjoyable for both the children and residents of the township, the police department cautions parents and children that all local and state laws will be strictly enforced during these times in order to provide a safe environment. The police department has enacted a strict enforcement policy, and anyone found violating local or state laws that vandalize property, endanger or harass others will be prosecuted. Although there is no official curfew designated for October 30 or 31, parents are encouraged to closely supervise their children during this Halloween season and impose reasonable “family curfews” for their safety and security. The police department will have additional marked and unmarked patrol cars on duty to deter any vandalism or other crimes. In addition, the following safety tips should be followed: Adults should accompany young children and have a cell phone available. Wear light-colored clothing that’s short enough to prevent tripping and add reflective tape to costumes. Make sure children can see well through face masks, or use cosmetics to create fun or scary faces. Go out in daylight and carry a flashlight in case of delay. Stay within the neighborhood and only visit homes you know. Only give and accept wrapped or packaged candy. Parents should inspect all candy before children eat it. Watch for traffic. Keep costumed children away from pets. Pets may become frightened. Avoid hard plastic or wood props such as daggers or swords. Substitute with foam rubber, which is soft and flexible. In case of suspicious behavior or candy, contact the West Milford Police Department at 973-728-2802.