Tips to make this Halloween safe

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NEW HAVEN — Streets and neighborhoods all across Connecticut will be filled with little ghosts and goblins tomorrow night.

While Halloween is a fun and exciting time, the hustle and bustle of the evening can make you vulnerable to incidents and accidents. New Haven Police are urging you to take it slow and offer tips for a safe night of trick or treating.

Halloween Safety Tips

  • Walk, don’t run near streets
  • Supervise children under age of 16
  • Use sidewalks or paths
  • Be sure costumes fit properly to avoid tripping and falling
  • Candy-givers should not open the door for anyone that is suspicious
  • Stay in familiar areas and walk in a group
  • Carry glow sticks or flashlights to be seen by drivers

“Unfortunately kids do dart out between cars every once in awhile and thankfully I can’t recall a tragedy on this night in New Haven but that’s not to say we don’t have to keep our guard up and really watch out for these youngsters,” said New Haven Police Information Officer David Hartman.

Drivers should take extra precaution on the roads. Keep a watchful eye around intersections and near curbs, especially during peak Halloween hours which are between 5:30 p.m and 8:30 p.m.

“This is a city, we have smaller neighborhoods but this isn’t the country and traffic is heavy in certain areas of the city,” said Hartman.  “We don’t want any of those dangers to impact what should really be a fun evening for everyone.”

New Haven Police will beef up patrol on Halloween by adding uniformed officers and plain-clothes detectives all around the city.