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Yonkers Implements Halloween Curfew, Rules

Yonkers has issued a curfew on Halloween night for children under the age of 16.
Yonkers has issued a curfew on Halloween night for children under the age of 16. Photo Credit: Robert Michelin

YONKERS, N.Y. -- In an effort to keep the little ones safe on Halloween, Yonkers will have a citywide curfew for children 16 and younger on Halloween night.

“Halloween is a fun holiday meant to be enjoyed by all, which is why we are taking a proactive approach in providing a safe Halloween for our communities,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “In addition to the curfew, we also encourage all parents to be mindful of their children’s activities that evening so our trick-or-treaters have a happy – and safe – Halloween this year.”

The Yonkers Police Department said that children 12 and younger must be home by 10 p.m., children ages 12-13 must be home by 10:30 p.m., and those 14-16 years old must return home by 11 p.m.

The curfew runs until 6 a.m., and children are exempt under the following exceptions:

  • Unless accompanied by parent or guardian.
  • On an errand with parental permission with prior notice to Police Community Affairs Division.
  • Half-hour after a school, religious and volunteer public entertainment no later than 12:30 a.m. unless police are notified by host organization 24 hours in advance.
  • Half-hour after work, with proof from employer.
  • All youngsters 16 and younger not subject to curfew if on or immediately next to their home (and if neighbor does not object).

Violators to the curfew will be taken to the nearest Yonkers police precinct, and parents/guardian will be notified.

“We are asking for parents to help make this Halloween a safe and enjoyable day for all involved,” said Charles Gardner, Yonkers police commissioner. “Please know where your children are and make sure that they are home by the designated times of the curfew.”

For more information about the Halloween curfew, contact the Yonkers Police Department at 914-377-7375.

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