Please be on particular alert for children. Children are excited and may move in unpredictable ways.  Slow down and come to a complete stop at all stop signs. Proceed with extreme caution.  Motorists should be cognizant of the increased pedestrian traffic and operate their vehicles accordingly. Full headlights should be on so that children can be spotted from greater distances. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are during the typical rush-hour period between 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Eliminate driver distractions such as talking on the telephone or eating.

Trick or Treaters:

Trick-or-Treat by going to all houses on one side of the street, cross at the corner, and then go down the other side, thereby minimizing the amount of time spent dashing across dark streets.  Trick-or-Treat in groups, in well-lit neighborhoods and stay on the sidewalk.  Obey traffic signals and don’t cut across yards or driveways.  Carry a flashlight and make sure costumes are bright and don’t drag on the ground.  Wear shoes that fit and avoid wearing masks that obstruct your vision.  Stay away from strangers, and animals you don’t know. It is suggested to wear a watch that can be read in the dark.


  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:
    • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
    • Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
    • Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
    • Carry some form of Identification.
    • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
    • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
    • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
    • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars.
    • Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
    • The Port Washington Police or your local Police Pct. should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

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