Halloween Safety & Trick-or-Treat

The City of Warren Police Department wishes everyone a safe and fun-filled Halloween. We encourage residents and visitors who participate in Trick-or-Treat activities throughout the City to pay close attention to these safety tips:

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective or consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Provide flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • Think twice before using simulated knives, guns, or swords. If such props must be used, be certain they do not appear authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.
  • Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet.
  • Teach children their home phone number and how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost. Remember that 9-1-1 can be dialed free from any phone.
  • Openly discuss appropriate and inappropriate behavior at Halloween time.
  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.


  • By using a flashlight, they can see and be seen by others.
  • Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
  • Stay in a group, walk slowly, and communicate where you are going.
  • Only trick-or-treat in well-known neighborhoods at homes that have a porch light on.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
  • Always walk – NEVER run across a street.
  • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom).
  • Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street, driveway, or alley.
  • Don’t assume the right-of-way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, it doesn’t mean that others will.
  • Never consume unwrapped food items or open beverages that may be offered.
  • Treats should not be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.
  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped, or suspicious items.
  • Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.


Per action of City Council (October 18, 2010), Halloween Trick-or-Treat Hours will be on October 31 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM unless this date falls on Sunday. In such years, Trick-or-Treat hours shall be set for 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Saturday, October 30.