Halloween Celebrations and being a Good Neighbor

Pumpkin, bats and stars.

Happy Halloween! Being a good neighbor while enjoying fall festivities is important to ensure safety and respect for everyone in the community. Here's a list of Halloween tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable time throughout the month of October:


Practice Responsible Drinking

  • If you choose to drink alcohol, do so responsibly and in moderation.

Never drink and drive; arrange for a designated driver or alternative transportation.

  • Stay in the Blue information for safe alcohol consumption


Respect Noise Levels

  • Keep the volume down during house parties and gatherings to avoid disturbing neighbors.
  • Be mindful of local noise ordinances and curfew hours.


Clean Up After Yourself

  • Whether at a party, parade, or any other event, clean up any litter or trash you generate.
  • Leave public spaces as clean as you found them.


Be Mindful of Safety

  • Make sure your costume doesn't impede your ability to see or move.
  • Use reflective materials or carry a flashlight if you're out at night.
  • Look out for your friends and ensure their safety as well.


Respect Property and Decorations

  • Don't vandalize or damage property, including Halloween decorations.
  • Obtain permission if you plan to decorate public spaces or private property.


Offer Inclusive Activities

  • Host events and activities that allow everyone to participate, regardless of cultural or religious backgrounds. Be sensitive to use of themes that could exclude some, or could be seen as cultural appropriation (see below).


Avoid Cultural Appropriation

  • Select costumes that are creative and fun but avoid those that perpetuate stereotypes or offend others.
  • Be cautious about appropriating cultures in your costume choices or decorations.
  • Educate yourself on the potential cultural significance of elements in your Halloween attire.


Be Respectful of Law Enforcement

  • Cooperate with law enforcement officers and security personnel if they are present at events.
  • Avoid confrontations and follow their instructions.


Remember that Halloween is intended to be a fun and enjoyable holiday. By following these guidelines and being considerate of others, you can help ensure a safe and respectful Halloween experience for yourself and those around you.