For Immediate Release
October 25, 2011
For More Information Contact:
Mayor's Press Office
Mayor Thomas M. Menino reminds residents to have a safe and happy Halloween as they celebrate the festive holiday during the coming week. The City of Boston is offering a variety of family-friendly Halloween activities this week throughout Boston neighborhoods and Mayor Menino has declared the official hours for trick-or-treating in the City of Boston to be from 5 – 8 PM on Monday, October 31. To encourage a safe and fun holiday for all residents and visitors in Boston, Mayor Menino also announced that public safety agencies will provide increased visibility in Boston neighborhoods and reminded residents of important safety tips, particularly for families with young children.
“Halloween is a fun holiday for people of all ages,” Mayor Menino said. “There are so many entertaining events around the city for families and young people to get together and enjoy a spooky good time. We want to encourage everyone to have fun and stay safe while out celebrating.”
Parents with young children are especially reminded of important trick-or-treating safety tips and youth are encouraged to adhere to basic safety guidelines. Mayor Menino, the Boston Police Department, and Boston Centers for Youth and Families are hosting Halloween events across the City for families and residents. See below for a city-sponsored event in your area.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIPS
With Halloween just around the corner, Bostonians are preparing for sightings of superheroes, princesses, ghosts, and witches. Keep the evening safe and fun with these simple tips.
- Costumes should be bright-colored or have reflective tape to highlight them.
- All parts of the costume should be labeled flame-retardant.
- The eye holes on masks should be large enough to see through clearly.
- Children under 10 should always trick-or-treat with an adult. If older children are going without you, go over the ground rules first.
- Carry a flash light or glow stick to increase visibility to drivers.
- Only trick-or-treat in familiar areas that are well lit.
- Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Always walk, don’t run, when crossing streets.
- Make eye contact with drivers and watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
- Inspect and take away treats that are not age-appropriate. Young children may choke on items like hard candy or peanuts.
- Throw out anything that appears tampered with, such as home-made foods or home-packaged foods, unless you are certain of the source.
Tips for Drivers
- Be especially alert. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are during the typical rush-hour period, between 5:30-9:30 p.m.
- Drive more slowly and anticipate heavier than usual pedestrian traffic.
- Be sure to drive with your full headlights on so you can spot children from greater distances.
SCHEDULED HALLOWEEN EVENTS INCLUDE:
Mayor Menino’s Halloween Boo Bash
Saturday, October 29 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Strand Theatre
Mayor Menino will host this annual event for Boston’s youth complete with a haunted house, a costume parade and sing-along scareoke as well as trick or treating. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
BCYF Halloween Events
Boston Centers for Youth and Families are hosting a number of Halloween events at neighborhood community centers featuring treats, tricks, music, and games.
Wednesday, October 26
- Hyde Park Community Center, 4-6 PM, Halloween fun for ages 12 and under
Friday, October 28
- Archdale Community Center, 4-6 PM, Halloween Rollerskating Party
- Blackstone Community Center, 4-7 PM, Halloween Costume Party for ages 4-14
- Charlestown Community Center, 6-8 PM, Spooky Family Fun Night for children 12 and under and their families
- Cleveland Community Center, 6:30-9:30 PM, Teen Skate Night hosted at the Holland Community Center for ages 13+(Cleveland gym is under repair, transportation will be provided.)
- Holland Community Center, 6-9:30 PM, Holland Haunted Community Center for all ages
- Leahy-Holloran Community Center, 6-9 PM, Movies for ages 9 and under; Teen Center activities for 10+; basketball tournament for ages 14-19
- Mildred Ave. Community Center, 4-7:30 PM, Halloween Event ages 11 to 17
- Nazzaro Community Center, 2-6 PM, Halloween Party for all ages
Monday, October 31st
- Tobin Community Center, 4-8 PM, Haunted Halls Halloween Party for all ages
BPD Halloween Events
- District E5 (West Roxbury/Roslindale) Friday October 28, 2011 5:00pm-8:00pm at E-5 District Station, 1708 Centre Street in West Roxbury. District E5 will host ghosts, goblins, princesses, fairies and various other creative creatures for an evening of Halloween fun! The district has planned a number of activities, entertainment and family festivities.
- District E13 (Jamaica Plain) Friday October 28, 2011 5:00pm- 8:00pm at E-13 District Station, 3347 Washington Street in Jamaica Plain. Join the officers at District E-13 for a Haunted House, costumes and Halloween fun!
- District E18 (Hyde Park) Wednesday October 26, 2011 from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Hyde Park Community Center, 1179 River Street. Mayor Menino’s Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events is collaborating with District E18 and the HP Community Center to host local residents for music, refreshments, games and Halloween fun!
- District D4 (Back Bay/South End) Saturday October 29, 2011 at 12:00pm-4:00pm. Officers from District D-4 will participate in the Blackstone Square Halloween Festival. Visit officers at the ‘Safety Table’ and receive a Boston Police goody bag and a Halloween safety coloring book! District B2 (Roxbury) Monday October 31, 2011 from 4:00pm-6:00pm at NEW! B2 District Station, 2400 Washington Street, Roxbury.
- District B2 is hosting its 1st annual children’s Halloween party! Local residents are invited to join officers for an evening of face painting, games, refreshments and a costume contest!
- District B3 (Mattapan) Thursday October 27, 2011 4:00pm-8:00pm at B3 Police Station parking lot, 1165 Blue Hill Ave. District B3 will host community members for some Halloween fun! Bring your costumes and enjoy the festivities.