Agencies Remind Neighbors to Celebrate Halloween Safely

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ACHD Boise Police, Garden City Police, Meridian Police, Idaho State Police

Joint Press Release

For Immediate Release

Agencies Remind Neighbors to

Celebrate Halloween Safely

ADA COUNTY — This Halloween, thousands of families will be trick-or-treating around neighborhoods, or attending one of Ada County’s many local trunk-or-treat events. Many bars and restaurants will also host parties and bar crawls in the evenings.

No matter what the celebration is, agencies around Ada County remind residents to keep safety in mind.

Halloween on Harrison Boulevard

The popular tradition is returning to Boise’s North End this year.

Beginning at 3 p.m. on Halloween, Harrison Boulevard will be closed from Hill Road to Resseguie Street. Only pedestrian traffic will be allowed. (see map below)

Boise Police officers will be helping the 10,000 small monsters and magical creatures who are expected to participate in this event.

The road closure will end at 11 p.m.

“For Halloween let’s make sure Barbie, Spiderman, and all those celebrating this spooky holiday get home safely,” said Boise Police Cpl. Kyle Wills. “We remind everyone to use extra caution before crossing streets and designate a driver if your plans include alcohol. BPD will be out patrolling for DUI’s and other reckless driving behaviors.”

Halloween Safety

In addition to Halloween on Harrison, there are several ways to enjoy Halloween in Ada County.

In order for Halloween to happen safely, local agencies call on neighbors, drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and parents to do their part to keep residents safe.

“Whether participating at a big community event or roaming your local neighborhood, ISP troopers will be patrolling the roadways to keep families and trick-or-treaters safe during Halloween. Remember to drive cautiously, be alert for children crossing the road, use designated drivers if you are impaired, and make Halloween night a time of joy and safety for everyone,” said District 3 Captain Matt Sly of the Idaho State Police.

  • Tips for Drivers:
    • Use headlights at all times to help spot pedestrians and be more visible to those on foot and on wheels
    • Enter and exit driveways and alleyways carefully; Do not block crosswalks or driveways
    • Watch out for scooters and bicycles, and remember they move faster than people walking
  • Tips for Pedestrians:
    • Use crosswalks and look both ways before crossing the street
    • Use a flashlight and reflectors to be better seen in the dark
    • When crossing the street, don’t wear a mask that obstructs your vision
  • Tips for Bicyclists:
    • Use bike lights and reflectors
    • Use bike lanes whenever possible; When using the sidewalk, yield to pedestrians
    • Watch for passengers opening car doors

“Halloween is a fun and exciting time for kids and adults alike,” said Meridian’s Crime Prevention Specialist Jennifer Abrao. “Please keep safety in mind, plan your route ahead of time, stay in well-lit areas, and increase visibility with a flashlight or glow stick.”

  • Safety Tips for Kids:
    • NEVER go into anyone’s home or car
    • Stay in populated places and don’t use back alleys or fields
    • Trick-or-treat in groups and at houses with porch lights on
    • Eat only commercially wrapped treats
    • Have adults or responsible teenagers accompany children
    • Call 911 if there is unlawful or suspicious activity

For Halloween celebrations that include alcohol, agencies remind residents to plan ahead by choosing a designated driver in advance or using a taxi or ride hailing service.

“Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a deadly choice that is 100% preventable. Each year, far too many lives are lost from DUI collisions,” said STEP Cpl. Biagi of the Garden City Police Department. “If you plan to enjoy a witch’s brew or two, plan for a safe and sober ride home. The Garden City Police Department takes a zero-tolerance stance on DUI violations, and our officers will be patrolling for DUI drivers this week. Don’t turn your Halloween celebration into a nightmare.”

Harrison Boulevard Halloween Closure 2023