Bayonne police ready for Halloween; offer safety tips

Businesses and households welcoming trick-or-treaters are asked to hang orange signs

Chief of Police Robert Geisler and the Bayonne Police Department (BPD) will again add resources to the streets this year to ensure that everyone celebrates Halloween safely. Additional uniformed officers will be assigned to high volume pedestrian and vehicular traffic areas, such as transit hubs, shopping districts, and the annual Halloween parade, scheduled for Oct. 31 at 12 p.m. at the 16th Street Park Amphitheater.

Bayonne will also host a Halloween costume contest for dogs on Oct. 31 at the amphitheater at 16th Street Park.

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To register, email . Include your name, dog’s name, address, and phone number.

The human contest will follow at 1 p.m., open to Bayonne children ages 2 to 14. Face coverings must be worn, and social distancing must be observed.

Stay spooky and safe

Geisler advised trick-or-treaters to stay safe by: trick-or-treating in familiar neighborhoods; using a flashlight if out after dark; staying on sidewalks; crossing the street only within the crosswalks and the traffic signal; do not enter roadway from in between parked vehicles; do not cross the street while texting or reading a phone; and have an adult inspect candy before consuming it.

The BPD also offered up safety tips for adults: leave outdoor lights on so that stairs and walks are visible; remove any debris from stairs and walks; keep pets away from the door when the trick-or-treaters arrive; drive slowly as children may run into the street; and hold young children’s hands while crossing the street.

Businesses and households welcoming trick-or-treaters are asked to hang orange signs reading “Welcome Trick-or-Treaters” on their doors. Trick-or-treaters should not approach buildings without the orange welcome signs.

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