The township of Woodbridge invites kids to have a great Halloween, but says they must be home by 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 and Thursday, Oct. 31.
The curfew will last from 7 p.m. to sunrise on both nights, and applies to all young people under the age of 18 are not accompanied by an adult.
"Police will issue a warning and instructions to return home to first-time violators; second offense violators will be taken into custody and held until picked up by a parent or guardian," according to a press release from the township Mayor's Office.
The Woodbridge Police Department has also issued the following trick or treat safety guidelines:
- Make sure “Trick-or-Treaters” know to only approach familiar houses that have outside lights on – that is the signal that the homeowner/resident is ready to greet “Trick-or-Treaters” - NEVER ENTER A STRANGER'S HOUSE OR VEHICLE;
- Consider using make-up rather than masks. Masks obstruct vision, making it difficult to see oncoming traffic;
- Wear light-colored clothing or add reflective tape to darker costumes;
- Always carry a flashlight or an inexpensive battery-operated strobe light;
- An adult should always accompany small children while “Trick-or-Treating.” Older children should travel in groups for safety;
- Trick-or-treat in daylight hours;
- Consider handing out something other than candy - fast food coupons, sports cards, and other novelty items make for safe treats;
- Trick-or-treaters should return home before opening candy and other treats – previously opened candy should be thrown out. It is sad to think people may tamper with food and candy given to children… but it’s better to be safe.
ADULTS & MOTORISTS:
· Stay alert at all times for young children who may unexpectedly dart in front of a vehicle. In the excitement of the day, trick-or-treaters probably won't be paying attention to passing motor vehicles, so slow down and drive cautiously;
· If you attend a Halloween party where alcohol is served, make sure you have a designated driver for the trip home. Alcohol, even in small amounts, slows reaction time and dulls the senses. With small children running from house to house, driving while under the influence can have a deadly result... and it’s against the law;
· If you are transporting trick-or-treaters, remember that “buckling-up” is a proven lifesaving measure. Costume or not, always buckle up!