Angels’ Night and Halloween in Detroit, MI – What You Need To Know About

Angels’ Night and Halloween in Detroit, MI

Wondering what this year’s curfew is for Angels’ Night?

Are you looking for some safety tips to keep your trick-or-treaters safe this Halloween?

A friend of mine grew up in a Detroit suburb in the 90s. Even in the suburbs, what was then called Devils’ Night was known. Her parents made her come home early and stay in. She also remembers when Devils’ Night became Angels’ Night.

Since today is Angels’ Night and tomorrow is Halloween, I will be sharing a bit about it, from mandatory curfews to safety tips, to a quick history.

History of Devils’ Night

Michigan Live reports that Devil or Angel’s Night is unique to Detroit.

According to Wikipedia, Devils’ Night has been around since the 1930s. It is a night of mischief for youth.

In 1984, the City of Detroit reported having 800 fires on Devils’ Night. Since that devastating night, Detroit has worked to fight back.

One way to fight back was introduced in the mid-90s, and it was called Angels’ Night. Angels’ Night is a night when Detroiters everywhere volunteer to help patrol the city, early curfews are set, and there are restrictions on the dispensing of gasoline.

In another article by Michigan Live, it was reported that in the last 3 years while Angels’ Night grassroots efforts have been in effect, the number of fires have dropped to around 100 each year.

Calling All Volunteers

The Detroit Free Press has reported that this year almost 4,000 people have signed up to volunteer for this year’s Angels’ Night. Volunteers help patrol the streets of Detroit, keep an eye on vacant properties, leave porch lights on, and look after the neighborhood.

Angels’ Night Curfew in Detroit and More

Between the hours of 6:00 pm to 6:00 am, all youth 17 years and under will be under a mandatory curfew. This curfew started last night and will continue through Saturday.

If a youth is caught out after curfew, they will be picked up ticketed and held until a parent of guardian picks them up.

In addition, according to CBS,

“The dispensing of gasoline into gas cans or other portable containers is prohibited in Detroit through Saturday unless the fuel is needed for stalled vehicles, heating a home or an emergency generator.”

Halloween Safety Tips and Tricks

Here are some Halloween tips and tricks to keep your trick-or-treaters safe tomorrow:

  • Consider dressing your trick-or-treaters in brightly color customs. Henry Ford Health System recommends to use reflective tape on the Trick-or-Treat bags. http://www.henryford.com/body.cfm?id=58112
  • Bring along flashlights with fresh batteries.
  • According to Click on Detroit, it is better to “skip the masks”. This is because masks can obstruct the trick-or-treater’s vision. Instead, it is recommended to use non-toxic makeup.
  • The Detroit Crime Commission recommends having an adult with your trick-or-treaters. They also advise reminding your child to stay in populated areas only and not to go in back alleys or fields alone. https://detroitcrimecommission.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/pdf-tips-Halloween_Safety.pdf
  • Make sure your trick-or-treaters save all their treats until they can home and you can check for anything hazardous.

Take Away

If you have questions about Detroit’s Angels’ Night or would like to find out how to volunteer, contact the City of Detroit’s Angels’ Night website.

From everyone here at The David J. Kramer Law Firm PLLC have a safe Angels’ Night and happy Halloween.