City of Milwaukee Trick-or-Treat
Saturday, Oct. 31 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Many neighborhood groups and block clubs are organizing their own Trick or Treat event in their neighborhoods. The Department of Public Works Special Events Office has received several requests to block off side streets for neighborhood sponsored events. Block party permits require the signatures of neighbors on the block to make sure they do not object to the street being blocked during the time of the event and they should be submitted 30 days in advance. Please visit Special Events & Permits or call 414-286-3329.
Milwaukee Police Department Safety Division crime prevention tips to help make Halloween safe and more enjoyable for everyone.
Children wait for this day all year long, as do some adults. They spend weeks deciding on just the right costumes, dreaming of bags of goodies and parties. While Halloween is a cherished tradition, the excitement of the event can cause children and parents to forget to be safe while trick or treating or attending parties. Both children and adults need to think about safety on this annual day of make-believe.
Before children start out on "trick or treat" rounds, parents should make sure that:
- When designing costumes, keep safety in mind to ensure that the children have a fun-filled and safety-filled Halloween.
- Costumes are loose enough so that warm clothes can be worn underneath to allow freedom of movement in the event of cold weather.
- Costumes are not too long that they are a tripping hazard, when walking or climbing steps to the front door to get their treats.
- Consider using makeup instead of a mask so that a child's vision will not be blocked when walking on the sidewalk or crossing the street.
- For youngsters under the age of 12, attach their name, address and telephone number (including the area code) to their clothes, but not in an easily visible place.
- Children travel only in familiar areas, along a prearranged route, and instructed never to a stranger's home.
- A return time has been established.
- Explain to youngsters not to eat any treats until you have inspected it. A meal or a snackbeforehand will help deter them from digging into their candy.
The Milwaukee Police Department Safety Division urges motorists to be especially alert on Halloween and offers the following driving tips:
- Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Side street speed limits are 25 MPH.
- Watch for children who may dart out into the street at any time, especially from between parked cars.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully. Stop before the sidewalk before exiting the alley.
- If you are driving children on their "trick or treat" rounds, be sure they exit on the curb side, away from traffic. (And of course, make sure everyone's safety belt is fastened, including the driver.)
- Adults, if you are on the way to a costume party, do not wear your mask while driving and avoid costumes that make it difficult to move your arms or legs.
- If you are planning on drinking, have a designated driver so that you can arrive home safe.