The Ultimate Halloween Guide




Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 14 at 11:49 AM

BOISE - There could be a chance of rain moving through the valley on Halloween night.

Idaho's Chief Meteorologist Rick Lantz says scattered rain showers should be reaching the Boise area late Friday afternoon. The forecast also includes breezy conditions with winds from 10 to 20 mph.

The rain should move quickly through the area from south to north. Temperatures once the sun goes down are expected to be in the 50s.

Meanwhile, Boise Police will have full patrol teams, plus a few extra, out Halloween night. They want to make the evening safe for little ghosts, goblins and their families.

Officers will focus on what typically are the busiest streets in the city for trick-or-treaters; Harrison Boulevard and Warm Springs Boulevard.

Residents on Harrison tell officers they usually see more than 2,000 trick or treaters each year.

"With so many children and families in these particular areas, we hope our presence is a big deterrent to anyone even thinking about doing anything that could risk these family's safety," said Boise Police Lt. DaveAdams. "We've found that extra police patrols remind motorists to slow down around trick or treaters, we remind the kids to watch their basic safety rules like not running into the streets, and should we be needed with the large crowds, we'll be very close for a very quick response."

- Harrison Blvd: The Boise Police Mobile Substation will be parked at Harrison and Resseguie from approx. 5:30 p.m. to approx. 10 p.m. on Halloween. Officers manning the substation will also be handing out candy to passing trick-or-treaters.

- Warm Springs Blvd: Boise Police will have an extra patrol officer assigned to cruise Warm Springs Boulevard - monitoring both pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

Halloween Safety Tips:

Tips for parents:

- Parents should accompany their children and carry a flashlight for safety and visibility.

- If you decide to allow your children to travel without you, make sure that they know how to reach you

- Have children wear costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure shoes fit well and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping.

- Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.

- Avoid using simulated knives, guns or swords. If such props are used, be certain they do not appear authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.

- Always walk. Never run across a street.

- Stay on sidewalks or paths. Don't cut across yards.

- Although tampering is very rare, inspect ALL candy before allowing your children to eat anything

- Confine, segregate or otherwise prepare household pets for an evening of frightful sights and sounds. Be sure that all dogs and cats are wearing collars and proper identification tags.

- Motorists should remain cautious and drive slowly. Adult party-goers should have a designated driver.

- Law Enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

Tips for homeowners:

- Make sure your yard is clear of debris or obstructions

- Keep candle-lit pumpkins away from areas where trick-or-treaters will walk

Tips for drivers:

- Watch for children all night and drive slowly through neighborhoods

- Bring a designated driver with you if you plan to consume alcohol at a Halloween party

Free blinking reflectors

Ada County Highway District volunteers will be stationed on Harrison Boulevard on Halloween night and will be distributing free blinking reflectors and safety information to trick-or-treaters. This will help make children more visible on what is considered the most dangerous day of the year for child pedestrians.

According to AAA, with Halloween on a Friday this year, most festivities are expected to take place that evening, which will put a large number of adult party-goers on the road the same night as trick-or-treaters. It is critical for pedestrians to be extra careful.

Harrison Boulevard is one of the most popular trick-or-treat destinations in Ada County, and ACHD expects to distribute at least 2,000 of the clip-on reflectors at the ACHD Safety Stop.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, eight out of ten drivers who struck people at night didn't see them. The blinking reflectors provide an extra signal that catches a driver's attention. They can also be used when walking or biking to school.

ACHD Safety Stop is being held between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at 907 Harrison Boulevard, near the intersection of Harrison and Resseguie.

Residents can also stop by and get a blinker for their child before they go trick-or-treating, or get one on their way home from work.

ACHD continues to distribute the blinking reflectors at schools as part of the ACHD safe routes to school education, safety and encouragement program.

The Morris Hill Neighborhood Association is also distributing the reflectors to neighborhood childrenon Halloween night at various locations.

Operation Lights Out

Boise Police have eight officers assigned to work with Probation & Parole on Operation Lights Out.

They'll be visiting the homes of sex offenders and making sure offenders are doing nothing to encourage children to approach offenders' homes for candy.

"We keep a close eye on this group of offenders year round," says Community Corrections Division Chief Kevin Kempf. "But on Halloween we want to give parents the extra piece of mind of knowing that our officers are out in force and vigorously enforcing the law."

In addition to having their lights out, offenders are prohibited from displaying pumpkins or any other type of Halloween decoration. Offenders must also comply with a 5 p.m. to sunrise curfew, which means they are forbidden from accompanying children as they go trick or treating.

"Our officers will be quite strict, they don't even want to see an offender keeping a bowl of candy by his door," Kempf says

Probation and parole officers have no authority over registered sex offenders who are no longer on probation or parole.

More information on them is available at .

Parents should also be familiar with the addresses of registered sexual offenders that reside in the neighborhoods they plan on frequenting.

The addresses for every sexual offender in Twin Falls County can be found at .

Halloween Night DUI Patrols:

Boise Police will have full teams of officers working the Downtown entertainment area, and on DUI patrol Friday night. Double patrol teams are regularly scheduled for Friday nights. With full teams, that means more than 50 officers will be available and on patrol in Boise City, making sure Halloween is a safe celebration for all.

Downtown BAC Checks

Boise Police will offer free blood alcohol checks Halloween night as part of the department's larger Halloween Safety Program.

The Boise Police Mobile Substation, a large RV-type vehicle, will be parked on 6th Street, just south of Main Street beginning just before midnight and going until about 2 .am. or when crowds disperse. Officers will use individual breathalysers to test the BAC of volunteering citizens.

The goal is to: Educate citizens that they may be more impaired than they realize. And p revent drinking and driving!

The Boise Police Department has provided this education to citizens downtown in the past, and it's proven to be an eye-opening experience for those who wish to take part.

Information for this Halloween guide provided by Boise Police, Twin Falls Police, Idaho Department of Correction and the Ada County Highway District.