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Halloween Curfew to be Enforced in Hillsborough

Trick-or-treating safety tips also offered by the police chief.

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.
Brandon Knox October 22, 2012 at 11:02 AM
God forbids kids can be kids once and a while (even if that involves a little mischief).
Diane Jones October 22, 2012 at 04:39 PM
All the other towns around us are lowering the time for curfews and we should follow what the towns around us have. When we were kids; we went right after school. Folks could see how cute the kids were or how talented and inventive making the costumes. Now in the dark; here's the candy bye. it is NOT fun for us anymore. You finally get a chance to sit down and relax with dinner; and you get bombarded with door bells. I had one year; not one kid that I didn't know said thank you. Just hands out for the loot. There should be parades, parties, dances special things by blockparties or the town for the kids. That is what we had at 7pm growing up. We went out directly from school, got home to eat, went to parade, then to the dance the schools all had. donuts and cidar and candy. You knew it was safe. We had a BALL.
Brandon Knox October 22, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Diane, I don't disagree that many kids that go trick or treating can be outright boorish. My point is that every aspect of childhood is hyper-regulated, either officially (as in this case) or informally (by parents and society). Most kids should be home by 10 on Halloween, but for the township to pass an ordinance to that effect is crazy. I can already see Hillsborough's finest prowling the street for kids breaking the curfew on the 31st. There will be some kids out there throwing toilet paper and so forth, but it's not like they're out hurting people. How often do kids these days actually get to cut loose without everyone freaking out? People around here just need to relax. (For the record, I am 35 and have 2 young kids.)

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