Halloween Reminders for Ann Arbor Residents and Trick-or-treaters

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October 20, 2014 - ​Halloween trick-or-treating in Ann Arbor neighborhoods will take place 5–8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 for participating residents. If hazardous weather, or the threat thereof, occurs on Oct. 31, the city will announce a postponement for trick-or-treating. Hazardous weather may include dangerously high winds and lightning, for example, and does not include rain showers or simply poor weather. If a postponement is deemed necessary by the city, residents can visit the city website by 3 p.m. Oct. 31 to find an announcement that trick-or-treating will be rescheduled to 5–8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. Otherwise, participating residents should plan to proceed with their trick-or-treat activities on Halloween evening, 5–8 p.m. 

While Halloween is the night for treats and fun, unfortunately there is also the risk of injury due to auto accidents, fires, falls or tainted treats. Ann Arbor safety services reminds parents to be aware and be informed so children can have a safe, enjoyable Halloween. Trick-or-treaters should be supervised at all times, and they should stay in neighborhoods that are well-lit and familiar. Here are more reminders to help keep your Halloween happy.


  • As with any day or night, children should not run into the road or dart from between parked cars.
  • Be aware that dusk is the time of poorest visibility for drivers.
  • Choose a costume that is easy to walk in, easy to see out of and is visible to motorists.
  • Wear a light-colored costume, and/or use reflective tape on the costume.
  • Use a flashlight. It makes children more visible and lights their way.


  • Loose costumes, oversized bags or unsafe shoes can cause falls or accidents.
  • Masks reduce vision. If wearing a mask, choose one that is cool, comfortable and doesn't restrict vision. Take off the mask before crossing the street. Better yet, wear make-up instead of a mask.
  • Sharp or pointed toy weapons are unsafe.


  • Billowing costumes are dangerous around an open flame, including candles in jack-o-lanterns.
  • Flowing wigs are unsafe around candles.
  • Wigs and costumes should be made of non-flammable materials.


  • An adult should always inspect collected candy and treats for potential poisoning or foreign objects.
  • Unpackaged items such as popcorn or small candies should be discarded.
  • Candy with loose or torn wrappings should be discarded.

If you discover anything wrong with the treats brought home, report it to law enforcement so that other parents may be warned and the situation investigated by police. In Ann Arbor, call police services at 734.994.2911.

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Contact Information

Lt. Renee Bush
Ann Arbor Police Department
734.794.6940 ext. 49401

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