While Halloween is a night for scary fun, but one real scare involves safety. North Andover Police are urging residents to be extra vigilant with kids walking around.
Trick-or-treat is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Because it's on a weekday this year, that means it will be at peak traffic time.
"The North Andover Police Department reminds everyone that Halloween should be celebrated in a fun and safe manner," North Andover Police Lt. Charles Gray said.
Gray offered the following tips for residents taking kids out in town:
- "Wear a light or reflective costume with no visibility obstruction. Carry a flashlight or glow stick so that you can be easily seen by pedestrian as well as motor vehicle traffic."
- "Use sidewalks whenever possible. If there are no sidewalks, walk against traffic and stay as close to the curb or burm as possible to allow for traffic to get by."
- "Travel in groups. The more people makes it easier to see and avoid and trick-or-treating is always more fun with friends."
- "Stay in neighborhoods you are familiar with. This is very important because it is easy to get lost in unfamiliar areas, especially with a large amount of people around."
- "If the lights aren’t on, don’t visit! Some people don’t want to participate in the festivities. Respect their decision and leave that house and move on to the next one."
- "If you see malicious, suspicious or destructive behavior, call the police. We will have extra cruiser patrols out and will respond to these incidents."