The Hillsborough Halloween curfew will be in effect next week, prohibiting minors from public places and streets without a parent or guardian after 10 p.m.
According to Hillsborough Police, no one under the age of 18 will be permitted on any "public place, public streets or public property" between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1 "unless that person is in attendance at a program or function sponsored by the municipality, church or school."
The curfew does not apply to any minor who is returning home from "a place of employment, school, fraternal or religious meeting or going to or from a doctors or dentist office," a police statement said.
The regulations also do not apply to anyone under the age of 18 who is accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 21, police said.
Police Chief Paul Kaminsky released the following trick-or-treating safety tips:
- Wear light-colored clothing that's short enough to prevent tripping and add reflective tape to the sides, front and back of the costume.
- Make sure children can see well through face masks or face paint.
- Adults should accompany young children.
- Go out in daylight and carry a flashlight in case of a delay.
- Stay within the neighborhood and only visit homes you know.
- Watch for traffic.
- Only give and accept wrapped or packages candy.
- Examine all candy before allowing children to eat it.
- Keep costumed children away from pets. They pets may not recognized the child and become frightened.