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Halloween guidelines set for Braintree trick-or-treaters

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  October 22, 2012 03:55 PM

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Braintree officials have announced that trick or treating will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 8 p.m.

The police will be out and about in town, and Braintree officials say they hope everyone pulls together to make the night as success.

“This is a family event and we want it to be a safe event for our children. The police will be out in force throughout the Town. The police department will have a ‘no tolerance level’ as it relates to vandalism and any unruly acts. Please enjoy the evening and let all of us be on our best behavior!” Mayor Joseph Sullivan warned in a release.

The mayor and Police Chief Russ Jenkins also warned revelers to stay in their own neighborhoods, not to cross streets between parked cars, and to visit houses on one side of the street before crossing to the other side.

A parent or an adult should accompany younger children, and kids should travel in groups with at least one person holding a flashlight. Kids should also avoid wearing long dragging costumes, masks with small eye holes, or high-heeled shoes, and are encouraged to wear flashing “safety lights” while walking around at night.

Furthermore, parents are encouraged to check all treats given to kids and to discard any that are not wrapped or have torn wrappers.

Residents handing out candy are encouraged to leave outside lights on so children can see where they are walking, to greet children at the door and not encourage them to go inside, and to remove obstacles from steps, sidewalks, and lawns so kids won’t trip on them.

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