Mayor Menino Reminds Boston to Enjoy Halloween Safely
Official Trick-or-Treat Hours are 5-8 p.m. on Thursday
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For Immediate Release
October 30, 2013
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino reminds residents to have a safe and happy Halloween as they celebrate the holiday this week.

A variety of Halloween events are planned Citywide, and Mayor Menino has declared official hours for trick-or-treating to be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 31.

“I encourage everyone to have a fun, safe, and delicious Halloween this year,” Mayor Menino said. “We are out there working hard in our neighborhoods to make sure everyone enjoys the holiday safely and to ensure the safety of our trick-or-treaters.”

Boston Public Safety Agencies will have staff visible in neighborhoods during the trick-or-treat hours, and the various agencies remind residents of important safety tips, especially for young children.

Boston Centers for Youth & Families and the Boston Police Department are hosting Halloween events across the City for families and residents. See below for a city-sponsored event in your area.



  • 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.
  • Keep costumes short to avoid getting caught under feet and causing slipping or falling.
  • Children should wear sturdy shoes and temperature appropriate clothing underneath their costumes.


  • Children should be accompanied by an adult. It’s best to take smaller children out earlier in the evening. 
  • If older children are going out unaccompanied, go over the ground rules first! They should travel in a group, and an adult should know which neighborhoods they will be in.
  • Carry a flash light or glow stick to increase visibility to drivers.
  • Only trick-or-treat in familiar areas that are well lit. Only approach houses where the outside lights are on as a signal of welcome.

Pedestrian Safety

  • 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.

Checking Treats

  • Throw out anything that appears tampered with, such as home-made foods or home-packaged foods, unless you are certain of the source.
  • Inspect fruit closely and take away treats that are not age-appropriate. Young children may choke on items like hard candy or peanuts.

Tips for Drivers

  • Be especially alert. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are during the typical rush-hour period.
  • 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.



Boston Centers for Youth & Families Halloween Events


BCYF Blackstone Community Center

  • Spooktacular Halloween Goodie Giveaways, 4-7 p.m. Free and open to the neighborhood.


BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center

  • Halloween party for the whole family from 4-7 p.m. Treats, games, costumes and more.


BCYF Gallivan Community Center

  • Stop by the center between 5-7 p.m. for a trick or treat!


BCYF Holland Community Center

  • Holland Haunted Hallway for all ages, 6-8 p.m. Trick or treating around the center.


BCYF Jackson/Mann Community Center

  • Scary Movie Night at the BCYF JMCC Faneuil Teen Center from 5-7 p.m. for teen center members only.


BCYF Leahy-Holloran Community Center

  • Center will welcome trick or treaters from 4-6 p.m.


BCYF Menino Community Center

  • Harvest Fest Celebration. Creating fall decorations using autumn leaves, marathon of appropriate spooky movies, treats, and games in the gym. Open for all including non-members. 4:30-8 p.m.


BCYF Mildred Avenue Community Center

  • Teen “Fright Night,” movies, treats and more! 5 p.m.


BCYF Nazzaro Community Center

  • Halloween Party at the BCYF Nazzaro for all ages, 2-6 p.m. Food, games, haunted house, bouncy rides.


Boston Public Library Halloween Events


  • Halloween Drop-in crafting/Mask creation, Mattapan Branch, 3 p.m.
  • Halloween themed stories and songs, Boston Room, Central Library, Copley Square, 3:30 p.m.
  • Halloween Party, Connolly Branch, Jamaica Plain, 3:30 p.m.
  • Halloween Squares trivia contest, Adams Branch, 3:30 p.m.
  • Halloween Party, Honan-Allston Branch, 4 p.m.
  • Halloween Movietime and Party, Grove Hall Branch, 5 p.m.


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