Due to continued power outages and ongoing recovery efforts, Trick-or-Treat has been re-scheduled to Sunday November 5th from 4pm to 7pm.
Chief Patrick Keefe and the Andover Police Department are reminding families of several important safety tips as they prepare to take their children trick-or-treating this year.
"Halloween is always a fun evening, and we're looking forward to seeing families out enjoying themselves," Chief Keefe said. "I hope that everyone will take a moment to review these tips, which are easy to follow and will help ensure that everyone has a fun and safe time trick-or-treating."
Children should:• Only approach well-lit houses and always travel in small groups• Bring treats home before eating them so parents can inspect them• Wear clothing that is bright, reflective and flame retardant• Use flashlights for guidance on sidewalks, walkways and when crossing the street• Make sure masks have eye-holes large enough to see any tripping hazards or oncoming traffic, and mouth openings large enough to breathe easily• Practice safe street-crossing by using crosswalks and walk signals• Walk and don’t run from house to house• Wear sturdy shoes and temperature appropriate clothing under costumes• Never accept rides from strangers
Parents and guardians should:• Supervise their children• Establish a designated curfew for older children• Make sure children are wearing safe costumes that fit well and don’t drag on the ground• Apply reflective tape to your child’s arms, legs and treat bags• Assure costume accessories such as swords and other pointed objects are made with soft and safe materials• If driving children between houses and neighborhoods, have them get out of cars on the curbside, not on the traffic side.
Homeowners should:• 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 Andover Police at 978-475-0411 or by dialing 911.