Fred Alden, Chief of Police
893 Main Street
Ashby, MA 01431
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Ashby Police Offer Halloween Safety Tips
ASHBY — Chief Fred Alden and the Ashby Police Department issue the following safety tips, parking restrictions, and trick-or-treating hours for Halloween in Ashby.
Halloween, which is celebrated on Oct. 31, falls on a Monday this year. Trick-or-treating hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m.
The police department is requesting residents and those coming to the Main Street area do not park on Main Street between the Town Common and County Road.
The Ashby community should also use caution as they celebrate the weekend prior to Halloween, Oct. 28-30.
“We have designated these hours and parking logistics to bring safety, order and ease to Ashby residents as they trick-or-treat,” Chief Alden said. “I encourage everyone to take these restrictions seriously as they plan their celebrations, and do not hesitate to contact the police department with any questions.”
The Ashby Police Department recommends that residents follow safety tips outlined by the Centers for Disease Control, which ask that people follow the “Safe Halloween” motto.
• Swords and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
• Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
• Fasten reflective tape on costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
• Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before you eat them.
• Hold a flashlight while walking to ensure that you are visible. Walk and don’t run from house to house.
• Always test makeup in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
• Lower your risk of serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
• Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
• Only walk on sidewalks wherever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe and to prevent accidents or injury.
• Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
• Eat only factory-wrapped candy. Avoid eating homemade treats offered by strangers.
• Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
• Never walk near lit candles or devices with open flames. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Any parents or residents with questions on Halloween safety should contact the Ashby Police Department at (978) 386-5652.