Scott A. Dumas, Police Chief
477 Haverhill Street
Rowley, MA 01969
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Rowley Police Issue Halloween Trick-or-Treat Hours, Safety Tips
ROWLEY — Chief Scott Dumas and the Rowley Police Department would like to provide the following safety tips and trick-or-treating hours for the town of Rowley as Halloween approaches.
Halloween, which is celebrated on Oct. 31, falls on a Monday this year. Trick-or-treating hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Rowley community should also use caution as they celebrate the weekend prior to Halloween, Oct. 28-30.
“We have established early trick-or-treating hours in an effort to have all children home and off the roads by dark,” Chief Dumas said. “Parents should monitor all costumes to ensure they are visible and that no accessories are harmful to the wearer or anyone around them.”
The Rowley Police Department recommends that residents follow safety tips outlined by the Centers for Disease Control, 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 makeup 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.
Any parents or residents with questions on Halloween safety should contact the Rowley Police Department at (978) 948-7644.