Don't let your children eat any candy from the trick or treat bags until you have inspected every piece. Throw away any unwrapped candy and fruit. Don't give out unwrapped candy or fruit as treats.
Make sure Halloween costumes allow your children to see and to walk freely. Try to use make-up instead of a mask. All Halloween costumes should be flame retardant.
Make sure your child does not go out trick or treating alone. Children should go out in groups, accompanied by an adult.
Tell your children that the same traffic safety rules they practice every day are especially important on Halloween. They should not dart into the street or cross between parked cars. At all times, children and adults should cross the street at the corner crosswalks.
Your children should not enter any stranger's house or apartment or car. If someone should try to force them, they should scream loudly and run away.
If you see any suspicious people or behavior, or if there is something in your child's trick or treat bag that looks suspicious call the Union City Police Department immediately at 865-1111.
Make sure your older children refrain from pranks and throwing eggs. Ask your older children to look out for the little ones. Police patrols will be increased for Halloween.
Have a safe and happy Halloween.
Mayor Brian Stack
Director of Public Safety