10/24/2019 - Halloween Safety Tips

 Date:               October 24, 2019

 Re:                   Halloween Safety Tips

 Issued by:      Captain Jeremiah P. Marron Jr.     




Darien, CT - In order to assist our community in enjoying this fun-filled holiday as safely as possible, the Darien Police Department has compiled a list of Halloween safety tips.  In addition to these tips, we would also like to take this opportunity to make you aware of a new Halloween trend occurring.   Although not officially yet endorsed by Autism Advocacy groups, a trend that has gained momentum over the past two years is the use of a blue Halloween candy bucket to identify an individual diagnosed with Autism.  The symbol of the blue bucket or blue jack o lantern is a subtle way to alert others that a child or young adult may not be able to make eye contact, or tolerate wearing a mask, or even say “thank you” or “trick or treat.”  To enjoy a fun and safe Halloween, parents, children, motorists, and homeowners should adhere to the following safety tips: 

• Always escort your children and carry a flashlight. 
• Be familiar with the neighborhood where your children will be trick-or-treating. 
• Set a specific time for your child/children to be out. 
• Always know who is trick-or-treating with your children. 
• Walk on the sidewalks and not in the middle of the street. 
• Instruct your children NEVER to enter any homes. 
• Stay in well-lighted areas. 
• Inspect all treats before allowing children to eat them. 
• Choose fireproof comfortable costumes made of light colored material so they can be easily seen in the dark. 
• Consider placing reflective or glow in the dark tape on your children’s costumes. 
• Have children avoid wearing eye makeup or masks, which will restrict their vision. 
• Avoid having children carry replica firearms, swords, or toys which can be mistaken for the real thing. 
• Give out only commercially wrapped candy. 
• Teach children their home and/or parent’s cellular phone number in case they get lost. 
• Consider a Halloween party at your residence instead of going out to trick-or-treat. 

• Do not trick-or-treat by yourself. 
• If props are carried, they should be made of soft rubber, Styrofoam, or other pliable material. 
• Do not take short cuts, especially through alleys. 
• Obey all traffic signals and look in all directions when crossing the street. 
• Don’t run! Walk to your intended destination and don’t dart in and out of cars or driveways. If there are no side-walks stay as far left of the roadway as possible. 
• Walk in the direction facing traffic. 
• Only trick-or-treat at homes with their porch light on. Never approach a car offering candy. 
• Wait until you get home before eating any treats. 


• Turn on your porch light so children know it is all right to visit your home.
• If you are placing a Jack-O-Lantern on your porch, place a glow stick inside instead of a candle. 
• Hand out only commercially wrapped candy. 
• Never invite children into your home. 
• Keep pets away from children. 
• Maintain clear walkways that are free from obstruction. 
• If using candles, keep them away from the path of children.

• Immediately notify the Darien Police Department of any suspicious activity (203-662-5300.) Dial 9-1-1 in case of an emergency


• Drive slowly and cautiously. 
• Look for children walking on the street, running, and darting in between parked vehicles. 
• Be extra careful when entering and exiting driveways. 
• Play your music at a reasonable volume so you can listen for potential children crossing your path. 
• Do not use your cell phone and Never drink and drive.


Thank you for helping to keep Darien Safe and Happy Halloween from the Darien Police Department!



Issued 14:30 hrs