Jack-o-lanterns with eyes so bright, costumes designed to give you a fright, ghosts and goblins; skeletons too, delectable candy and treats waiting just for you! It’s sure to be a spooky time like you’ve never seen, IPS Police Department wants to ensure that our families will have a fun and safe Halloween! Here are some safety tips for tomorrow night: 

  1. Wear light-colored clothing that is short enough to prevent tripping, and add reflective tape. Wear fire resistant costumes.
  2. Make sure children can see well through facemasks.
  3. Do not wear masks or disguises into businesses.
  4. Adults should accompany young children.
  5. Go out in daylight hours if possible.
  6. Carry a flashlight if you plan to be out after dark.
  7. Stay within your neighborhood and only visit homes and people you know.
  8. Watch for traffic and look both ways before crossing the street.
  9. Motorists are reminded to slow down and be aware of their surroundings.
  10. Only give and accept wrapped or packaged treats.  Do not eat treats which have been tampered with. Examine all treats for choking hazards.
  11. Examine all treats before allowing children to eat it. If you locate a suspicious item contact police as soon as possible at 327-3811.  If injury is involved, call 911.
  12. Keep costumed children away from pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened and possibly aggressive.
  13. Avoid hard plastic or wood props such as daggers or swords. Substitute with foam rubber which is soft and flexible.
  14. Avoid props such as toy guns which look real.
  15. Consider block parties instead of trick-or-treating.
  16. Do not fire guns; it is illegal and what goes up must come down.

Trick-or-treat hours in Indianapolis will be from 6 – 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) is planning extra patrols and enforcement in neighborhoods during that time. Trick-or-treaters can also receive treats from their neighborhood firefighters and police officers by stopping by any neighborhood Indianapolis Fire Department station, or at any of the three IMPD District Headquarters listed below, starting at 5 p.m. This year, through the generous support of the Indy Public Safety Foundation, IMPD, IFD and IEMS will also be handing out red, white and blue Glow Bracelets to provide another level of safety for children as they trick-or-treat. 

The Glow Bracelets will be available starting at 5 p.m. at: 

• All IFD Stations (which includes IEMS ambulance crews) 
• IMPD North District – 3120 E. 30th St. 
• IMPD Southeast District – 1150 Shelby St. 
• IMPD Southwest District – 551 King Ave. 


Have a Happy Halloween IPS families!