Chief John Dunn
1 School Street
Hull, MA 02045
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Hull Police Offer Halloween Safety Tips
HULL — Halloween, which is celebrated on Oct. 31, falls on a Tuesday this year. The official trick-or-treating hours for Hull are 4-8 p.m. Hull Police also remind residents to use caution as they celebrate the weekend prior to Halloween, Oct. 27-29.
“While we encourage families to make the most of Halloween with their children, please be mindful of safety when choosing costumes,” Chief John Dunn said.
All props should be soft, and no part of the costume should impair vision or movement. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.
The Hull Police Department recommends that residents follow safety tips outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which ask that people follow the “Safe Halloween” motto.
- Swords and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
- Fasten reflective tape on costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
- Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before you eat them.
- Hold a flashlight while walking to ensure that you are visible. Walk and don’t run from house to house.
- Always test make up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
- Lower your risk of serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
- Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
- Only walk on sidewalks wherever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe and to prevent accidents or injury.
- Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
- Eat only factory-wrapped candy. Avoid eating homemade treats offered by strangers.
- Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
- Never walk near lit candles or devices with open flames. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Additionally, Parents and guardians should:
- Supervise children at all times, especially those under 12 years old
- Establish a designated curfew for older children
- Apply reflective tape to your child’s arms, legs and treat bags
- If driving children between houses and neighborhoods, have them get out of cars on the curbside, not on the traffic side.
- Keep inside and outside lights on during trick-or-treat hours
- Avoid placing lit candles and jack-o-lanterns on doorsteps and walkways where costumes could brush against them and cause burns or fire
- Only hand out candy that is packaged and wrapped
- Avoid handing out small toys that could cause choking or lead poisoning for small children
Additionally, any suspicious person or vehicle should immediately be reported to the
Hull Police Department at 781-925-1212.