City of Yonkers Issues Halloween Curfew for Children Ages 16 & Under
YONKERS, NY -- October 22, 2018 – In order to provide for a safe and enjoyable holiday, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced that the Yonkers Police Department will issue a citywide curfew for children 16 years of age and younger on Halloween night - Wednesday, October 31.
“Halloween is a fun holiday meant to be enjoyed by all, which is why we are taking a proactive approach in providing a safe Halloween for our communities,” said Mayor Spano. “In addition to the curfew, we encourage parents to be mindful of their children’s activities on October 31st so our trick-or-treaters have a happy and safe Halloween this year.”
As part of the curfew, the Yonkers Police Department advises:
· Children ages 11 and younger must be home by 10PM
· Children ages 12 to 13 must be home by 10:30PM
· Children ages 14 to 16 must be home by 11PM
· Accompanied by parent or guardian.
· On an errand with parental permission, with prior notice to YPD Community Affairs Division – 914-377-7375
· ½ hour after end of school, religious and volunteer public entertainment -- no later than 12:30AM unless police are notified by host organization 24 hours in advance
· ½ hour after work -- with proof from Employer
· All youngsters 16 and under not subject to curfew if on or immediately next to their home (and if neighbor does not object)
Violators to the curfew will be taken to the nearest Yonkers Police Precinct and parent/guardian will be notified. For more information about the Halloween curfew, contact the Yonkers Police Department at 914-377-7375.
“We are asking for the parents of Yonkers to help make this Halloween a safe and enjoyable day for all involved,” said Charles Gardner, Yonkers Police Commissioner. “Please know where your children are and make sure that they are home by the designated times of the curfew.”
Following are Halloween safety tips issued by the City of Yonkers for parents, children & residents:
· Do not leave children unattended.
· Know the route your child will travel and give him or her a curfew.
- Be sure children can see through their masks. Costumes should be easy to see, either made from light colors or marked for nighttime with reflective tape.
- Dispose of unwrapped candy and only keep factory wrapped treats.
- To help plan a safe route, visit the sex offender registry at http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/nsor/
· Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Try to walk in groups.
· Don't eat anything from trick-or-treat bag before your parents have looked at it first.
· Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult.
· Walk on sidewalks when possible and facing traffic to stay safe.
· Stay away from dark streets and buildings -- only visit well-lit homes.
· Drive slowly and be alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
· Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from great distances.
· Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30PM to 9:30PM, so please be aware.