With the announcement of when Halloween would be observed in its town, The Londonderry Police department released a list of helpful hints to keep Halloween safe.  We reprint them below as released.


October 1, 2014


The Londonderry Police Department would like to inform the public that the Town of Londonderry will be celebrating Halloween on October 31, 2014 between the hours of 6 o’clock PM and 8 o’clock PM.  These hours have been chosen to optimize the safety and enjoyment of all participating in the holiday.  Please exercise enhanced caution and safety measures on the road during the outlined times.  Any suspicious activity should be immediately reported to the Londonderry Police Department.  Please see the Safety Tips listed below to ensure a safe and enjoyable Halloween for all.

This release will be sent out on a weekly basis until the holiday.  The release will be updated with any changes or new information.  If there are any questions please contact Detective Christopher Olson at 603-432-1118.


  • Always escort your children and carry a flashlight.
  • Be familiar with the neighborhood where your children will be trick-or-treating.
  • Set a specific time for your child/children to be out.
  • Always know who is trick-or-treating with your children.
  • Walk on the sidewalks and not in the middle of the street.
  • Instruct your children NEVER to enter any homes.
  • Stay in well-lighted areas.
  • Inspect all treats before allowing children to eat them.
  • Choose fireproof comfortable costumes made of light colored material so they can be easily seen in the dark.
  • Consider placing reflective or glow in the dark tape on your children’s costumes.
  • Have children avoid wearing eye makeup or masks, which will restrict their vision.
  • Avoid having children carry replica firearms, swords, or toys which can be mistaken for the real thing.
  • Give out only commercially wrapped candy.
  • Teach children their home and/or parent’s cellular phone number in case they get lost.
  • Consider a Halloween party at your residence instead of going out to trick-or-treat.


  • Do not trick-or-treat by yourself.
  • If props are carried, they should be made of soft rubber, Styrofoam, or other pliable material.
  • Do not take short cuts, especially through alleys.
  • Obey all traffic signals and look in all directions when crossing the street.
  • Don’t run! Walk to your intended destination and don’t dart in and out of cars or driveways. If there are no side-walks stay as far left of the roadway as possible.
  • Walk in the direction facing traffic.
  • Only trick-or-treat at homes with their porch light on. Never approach a car offering candy.
  • Wait until you get home before eating any treats.


  • Turn on your porch light so children know it is all right to visit your home.
  • If you are placing a Jack-O-Lantern on your porch,place a glow stick inside instead of a candle.
  • Hand out only commercially wrapped candy.
  • Never invite children into your home.
  • Keep pets away from children.
  • Maintain clear walkways that are free from obstruction.
  • If using candles, keep them away from the path of children.
  • Immediately notify law enforcement of any suspicious activity.


  • Drive slowly and cautiously.
  • Look for children walking on the street, running, and darting in between parked vehicles.
  • Be extra careful when entering and exiting driveways.
  • Avoid using your cell phone while driving because it will cause a distraction
  • Play your music at a reasonable volume so you can listen for potential children crossing your path.
  • Never drink and drive.