Yonkers issues Halloween curfew for kids 16 years and younger

The city of Yonkers issued a citywide Halloween night curfew for children 16 years of age and younger.

News 12 Staff

Oct 26, 2021, 11:28 PM

Updated 1,000 days ago


The city of Yonkers issued a citywide Halloween night curfew for children 16 years of age and younger.
As part of the curfew, the Yonkers Police Department advises that children ages 11 and younger must be home by 10 p.m. Children ages 12 to 13 must be home by 10:30 p.m. and children ages 14 to 16 must be home by 11 p.m.
Exceptions include:
  • Accompanied by parent or guardian.
  • On an errand with parental permission, with prior notice to YPD Community Affairs Division – 914-377-7900
  • Half-hour after the end of school, religious and volunteer public entertainment -- no later than 12:30 a.m. unless police are notified by host organization 24 hours in advance
  • Half-hour after work - with proof from employer
  • All kids 16 and under not subject to curfew if on or immediately next to their home (and if neighbor does not object)
Violators of the curfew will be taken to the nearest Yonkers police precinct and a parent/guardian will be notified. 

The Yonkers Police Department also released the following safety guidelines for Halloween: 
  • Do not leave children unattended.
  • Know the route your child will travel and give him or her curfew.
  • Be sure children can see through their masks. Costumes should be easy to see, either made from light colors or marked for nighttime with reflective tape. 
  • Dispose of unwrapped candy and only keep factory-wrapped treats.
  • To help plan a safe route, visit the sex offender registry at http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/nsor/
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Try to walk in groups.
  • Don't eat anything from a trick-or-treat bag before your parents have looked at it first. 
  • Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult.
  • Walk on sidewalks when possible and face traffic to stay safe.
  • Stay away from dark streets and buildings -- only visit well-lit homes. 
  • Drive slowly and be alert in residential neighborhoods.  Children are excited about Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from great distances.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., so please be aware.

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