BRATTLEBORO -- In a press release issued on Tuesday, the Brattleboro Police Department said it "will be out in force" on Oct. 30 and 31, to help ensure public safety on Cabbage Night and Halloween.
The police department also reminded parents that "allowing their teens to wander freely around town on these nights is often a recipe for trouble. Peer pressure, the excitement of being out at night and simply youthful exuberance can lead to acts of vandalism."
The press release reminded that smashing pumpkins, the use of shaving cream for other than shaving, toilet papering houses and trees and soaping car windows are all illegal acts.
"Police will be out and about, and persons found with items commonly used for Halloween vandalism may have those items confiscated."
The Brattleboro Police Department will also be enforcing curfews. Children 15 and younger may not be on the streets without a parent after 9:30 p.m.
The press release also offered a number of tips to keep children safe.
They include accompanying your child during trick or treating and only visiting people you know. In addition, children should not consume anything until an adult has checked it. Trick or treaters should not cross a street without an adult and if a porch light is off, go on to the next house with an illuminated porch light.
The Brattleboro Police Department also cautioned that children should not be carrying toy firearms.
"Many toy guns can look like real weapons and are a poor choice for children."
Masks should be discouraged, because they obstruct the view, and face makeup used instead, or masks should only be used at the door.
The press release also encouraged parents to have their children "test run" their costumes at home to make sure they are safe to walk in.
It also warned that candy should be kept away from pets, as wrappers and sweets can be deadly to dogs and cats.