Halloween Trick-or-Treat hours in Hamilton will be 5-8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31.
Some Halloween safety tips from the Hamilton Police Department, by way of the American Academy of Pediatrics, are below.
- Plan costumes that are bright and reflective and make sure shoes fit well. Costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
- Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
- Consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safe alternatives to masks, which can limit or block eyesight. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes. Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin.
- If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
- Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost.
- Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers and then parents can do the cutting.
- Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you use a candle, a votive candle is safest.
- Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and not on a porch or any path where visitors may pass close by and it should never be left unattended.
- Remove anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations from the porch and front yard
- Check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
- Sweep wet leaves or snow from sidewalks and steps
- Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds
- All children and their escorts should have flashlights with fresh batteries
- If older children are going alone, plan and review a route that is acceptable and agree on a specific time when they should return home
- Only go to homes with an outside light on and never enter a home or car for a treat
Pedestrians – Be Careful
Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:
- Stay in a group and communicate where you will be going.
- Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
- Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
- Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk, if available.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
- Never cut across yards or use alleys.
- Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks, if available. Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
- Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters.
- Remember, just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will
- Police should be notified immediately about any suspicious or unlawful activity.