Community Policing

Halloween Safety

Halloween may be a fun event for kids, but for parents, trick-or-treat time can be a bit scary. Concerns about children’s safety—whether they are out in the neighborhood or back at home with their treats—are valid worries for many parents. We suggest following a few safety tips that will help make Halloween a pleasant and happy event for all the right reasons.
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  • Instruct children to carefully cross all streets. And drivers, be extra vigilant throughout the course of the day as the excitement of Halloween may overshadow a child’s ability to practice safe habits when crossing streets.
  • Certain costumes may impede a child’s ability to see or even walk safely. Consider the use of makeup instead of masks that often are impractical.
  • Make clear understanding that no “treats” are to be eaten until brought home and thoroughly inspected with an adult.
  • Younger children should be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.
  • Encourage older children to “trick-or-treat” with a group of friends and never alone. Parents should remind older children who are out unsupervised the importance of respecting property and the consequences of participating in any “tricks” or more commonly known as vandalism.
  • Adults should also take caution with candlelit jack-o-lanterns or other fire hazards around the home. Do not leave a candle unattended.

More safety tips can be obtained by visiting the National Crime Prevention Council website at

Trick or Treat Main Street
When: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 4 to 6 p.m.
What: This free event is great for families and kids of all ages. Kids and adults are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character and enjoy trick or treating at over 80 percent of businesses on Main Street in Downtown Tigard.

Howl-O-Ween Canine Costume Contest
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Registration: 10:30 a.m.
Judging: 11 a.m.
Potso Dog Park (Hunziker @ Wall Street)

Come join the fun at the annual Halloween Canine Costume Contest. Start planning your canine companion’s costume today. Human escorts are welcome to dress up too! A celebrity panel of judges will be on hand to award prizes for the best costumes. All participants will be eligible for great raffle prizes!

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