Connecticut State Police Patch STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Public Safety
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
October 27, 2010



Halloween is one of the most enjoyable nights of the year for thousands of ghosts and goblins and, with safety in mind, the Connecticut State Police has developed a list of recommendations for keeping our state’s youngest residents safe on this holiday. 

Children are urged to follow these instructions for an exciting night of tricks and treats:

  1. Wear bright, light-colored or reflective costumes so that motorists see you. Add reflective tape to trick-or-treat bags for increased visibility.
  2. Carry a flashlight so that you will be seen as you walk from house to house.
  3. Use caution as you visit houses. Be alert for objects or toys in the walkway or on the porch.
  4. Never enter anyone’s house or car for a treat.
  5. Always go trick-or-treating in a group that includes adults; never go out alone.
  6. Do not eat any treats until you arrive home and your parents inspect all goodies.
  7. Only collect treats from those you know.
  8. Always watch for cars as you walk from house to house.
  9. Do not wear a mask that hinders vision in any way.

     Before Sunday night, Parents are reminded to clear their walkways of any obstacles that could hamper visits from costumed youngsters.  Parents should inspect all treats collected by their children and dispose of any items that appear to be unsafe for consumption, such as unwrapped, partially opened, discolored or out of the ordinary treats.

In addition, parents are urged to check the Connecticut Sex Offender Registry prior to Halloween night so they can map out their trick-or-treating routes.

Public Safety Commissioner James M. Thomas reminded all drivers to be aware on Halloween night.

“I urge all Connecticut residents to please drive cautiously and obey all traffic laws. Be aware of all the children who will be running from house to house. We do not want the excitement of this evening marred by a senseless tragedy.  This is a fun and scary night, but safety must come first,” Commissioner Thomas said.

The Connecticut State Police and all Resident State Troopers will be out in force on Halloween to keep state residents safe.

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