Halloween Safety 👻🎃

The City of Cleveland will observe Halloween on Monday, October 31, 2022. The hours for neighborhood trick-or-treating are from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Residents are reminded that pedestrian traffic will increase. When driving, slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Take extra time to look for children crossing the street and at intersections. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. Most children collecting candy during the evening will be traveling in groups or with a parent or guardian. However, special attention will be given to all children during the evening hours and to Neighborhood Resource and Recreation Centers (NRRCs). 

Halloween safety recommendations for residents: 

· Keep costumes safe by making sure they are the right size to prevent trips and falls. 

· Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision. 

· Add reflective tape or stickers to increase visibility; use glow sticks and carry a flashlight when it gets dark. 

· Teach children to be alert for vehicle traffic and to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars. Â·Cross the street at corners, following traffic signals and using crosswalks. 

· When crossing, look left, right, and left again and make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. 

· Only give and accept wrapped or packaged candy and examine all candy before allowing children to eat it. 

The City of Cleveland will host its annual “Big City Boo” celebration on Monday, October 31, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at all NRRCs. Parents and caregivers can take children to NRRCs to enjoy events, games, prizes, food, and treats. This free event provides Cleveland youth a safe and fun alternative to trick-or-treating.