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Police: Trick-Or-Treating On As Planned

Despite remaining debris from Hurricane Sandy, trick-or-treating is expected to take place tonight.

Though Hurricane Sandy is long gone and much of the debris has been disposed of, there are still some tree limbs on the ground and even some downed power lines making this Halloween particularly precarious.

The Wellesley Police Department yesterday issued a note on trick-or-treating tonight in Wellesley. Below is some of the text:

Due to the fact that there may still be many sidewalks and roadways that have debris on Halloween night the Wellesley Police Department is encouraging those families and children who go out Trick or Treating to follow these safety suggestions: 

  • Walk on sidewalks whenever possible, but be cautious of possible debris, tree branches and wires that may still be on the walkways, sidewalks and roadways.
  • Trick or Treat close to your home, on streets that you and your family are familiar with.
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone.  Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Bring a flashlight with you and keep it on at all times to help you see the pathways and walkways better and others that may be out Trick or Treating. 
  • Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street.  Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Go out early when there is still some daylight and return home early to keep everyone safe.
  • Don’t stop at dark houses.  Never accept rides from strangers and only enter homes if you are with a trusted adult.

The note also warns drivers to be cognizant of children and others walking through the streets tonight.

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