As we near the Halloween holiday, many of the neighborhoods in Wooster will hold trick-or-treating for children. The City is periodically asked by some residents about dedicating one day for the entire City to hold trick or treat events. The City has also found that many neighborhoods prefer to establish their own trick-or-treat events around Halloween. Some neighborhoods have indicated that they do not want dates and times dictated by the City. That being the case, many neighborhoods would ignore a City-wide, suggested time, and schedule their own dates and times anyway. While we would not necessarily be against a city-wide date, we simply would not be able to enforce a specific time and do not feel that it would have a significant effect on neighborhood events and times, or overall safety.
That being said, the safety of our children is our primary concern. We do request that neighborhoods who hold trick-or-treat events communicate those times to us, so that our Police can provide as much safety presence as possible at those times. You can find the current list of neighborhood trick or treat dates/times on our website at:
Our desire is that this be both a fun and safe time of the year, so we encourage parents to keep in mind important safety tips while trick-or-treating and after they arrive home with tasty candy treats. Please take note of the safety tips provided by the Wooster Police Department as you celebrate this year.
- Know the neighborhood in which you plan to trick or treat. Pick houses that you feel comfortable letting your children visit. Do not visit homes that are isolated or poorly lit.
- Children should be accompanied by a parent or trusted adult and walked to the door by the parent to receive treats. Children should NEVER enter a home at any time.
- Safety in Numbers: If your children are old enough to trick-or-treat on their own without an adult, have your children go in a group.
- Tell your children to only go up to houses where there are lights on and houses that have Halloween decorations.
- Make sure your costumes do not drag on the ground, preventing children from tripping over their costumes and causing injury.
- Instead of masks, have your children wear face paint so they can see their surroundings better.
- When your children have arrived home, check your candy before they eat it. Throw out any candy that is not in its original wrapper or looks like it has been tampered with.
- Say “NO” to strangers. Tell your children to never accept a ride or go anywhere with a stranger.
- Obey the law. Encourage your children to follow all the regular rules for walking around. That includes looking both ways before crossing the street, obeying all traffic laws and using cross walks when available.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times and have a great time!