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GLOUCESTER CITY NJ(October 30, 2017)--The Gloucester City Police Department encourages safety and supervision during the annual Trick-or-Treat season. This year, trick-or-treat times will be Tuesday, October 31st from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm. In addition, on Monday, October 30th, the city curfew for anyone under the age of 18 will be moved to 9:00 pm.
It is especially important for parents and guardians to adhere to a few safety rules for their children while they are trick-or-treating.
Know your route
Take a flashlight
Be sure costumes, shoes and treat bags or safe
Remind children not to enter strangers’ homes or cars
Set rules about not eating treats until they get home
Candy that has been opened should be thrown away. Any homemade treats or fruit should be inspected closely
Remember, drivers have a hard time seeing people, especially at dusk
Never cross the street between parked cars
Watch open flames from jack-o-lanterns as they can catch costumes and long wigs on fire
Make sure that fake knives, swords and guns are made from cardboard or other flexible materials to avoid injury
It is also important to ensure that your home is safe and accessible to trick-or-treaters. As adults there are some very simple steps we can take to make the evening safe for everyone.
Turn on your porch light
Move lit jack-o-lanterns off the porch where children get bunched up if they are trick-or-treating in groups
Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard
Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police