Halloween is a day away and the City of Cleveland wants to remind residents that trick-or-treaters are invited to our Big City Boo events.
Big City Boo events will be held around the city and give parents and kids ages 12 and under a safe alternative from trick-or-treat on the street. On Tuesday, October 31, 2017 the Division of Recreation will have Big City Boo celebrations at 21 recreation centers.
Each rec center site will have games, prizes, music, food and candy for children. Parties begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m.
Sites include the following recreation centers:
- Lonnie Burten
- Earle B. Turner
- Alexander Hamilton
- Ken Johnson
- Stella Walsh
- Thurgood Marshall
- Zelma George
- Michael Zone
Each location will have off-duty police officers on site. In addition, a Big City Boo event will be held in Public Square from 5-7 p.m. The Public Square event will include treat stations, a pet costume contest and parade. More info is available by clicking here.
To ensure kids stay safe this Halloween, here are some important safety tips from the Division of Police:
- Adults should always accompany young children – older children should travel in groups.
- Children should wear light colored clothing short enough to prevent tripping.
- Add reflective tape to increase visibility.
- Make sure children can see through their masks or use make-up.
- Avoid hard plastic or wooden props such as daggers or swords – instead use foam or other soft and flexible materials.
- Carry and use a flashlight after dark.
- Visit homes within your own neighborhood – homes that you know with lights on.
- Never go into deserted buildings or isolated areas.
- Avoid shortcuts through empty parks, fields, or alleys.
- Be alert for vehicle traffic; never approach a parked car; move away from a car that pulls up next to you.
- If someone is following you, go quickly to the nearest occupied public place (mall, store, recreation center, gas station, fire station etc.) and scream for help.
- Only give and accept wrapped or packaged candy.
- Parents should examine all candy before allowing children to eat it and report anything suspicious to the police.
- Keep costumed children away from pets who may become frightened.