Halloween Safety Tips from the MPD

Chief Overholt - HalloweenHalloween is Thursday; this is a fun and exciting time for families.  The Morristown Police Department would like to keep this a fun evening for everyone by helping parents prepare early:


  • Adjust your speed to accommodate pedestrian traffic.
  • Watch for children darting out from parked cars and walking in the roadways, medians, and curbs.
  • Watch for children when entering and exiting driveways.
  • Watch for children in dark clothing.
  • Make sure everyone is buckled up in a moving vehicle.
  • Make sure children exit the vehicle on the curb, away from traffic.


  • Make sure an adult or older responsible youth will be accompanying children under the age of 12.
  • Plan and discuss trick-or-treat routes.
  • Establish a return time.
  • Teach children to only stop at homes or apartments that are well-lit, and to never enter a stranger’s home.
  • Children should walk on sidewalks, not on the street.  If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side facing traffic.  They should not run or go through yards where there could be unseen objects or terrain that could cause falls.
  • Bags or sacks carried should be light-colored or trimmed with retro-reflective tape if children are allowed out after dark.
  • Children walking should carry flashlights, this will help them see and be seen better.
  • Pin a slip of paper with the child's name, address and phone number inside a pocket in case the child gets separated from the group.
  • Make sure your children know not to eat candy until it is inspected.
  • Inspect all candy; when in doubt, throw it out.

If all safety tips are followed, this should be a great night for the entire family.