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Halloween: When to go trick-or-treating, tips for doing it safely

Posted October 30

For tweens who might feel too old to go trick-or-treating, there are several other options for Halloween fun. (Deseret Photo)

Halloween is nearly here. Ghosts, ghouls and various superheroes and princesses will be fanning out across neighborhoods on Monday to fill their bags full of candy.

Check our big list of when and what time some communities around here recommend for trick-or-treating hours.

And, while we're on the topic, here are some Halloween safety tips courtesy of the Wake Forest Police Department.

Tips for those on the hunt for candy

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure shoes fit well and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping or entanglement.
  • Consider adding reflective tape to costumes and trick or treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within Halloween attire.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.
  • If trick-or-treating after dark, give children and their escorts with flashlights and fresh batteries.

Tips for parents of older children who might be trick-or-treating on their own

  • Remind older children to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost. If you have a cellular phone, have your child bring it along so you can communicate with each other, if necessary.
  • Plan and review with your children a route that is acceptable to you. This way, you can check on their progress by car if you begin to worry that they've been gone too long, or if inclement weather hits, and they need a ride home.
  • Agree on a specific time when trick-or-treaters must return home, and have your children wear wristwatches so they can keep track of time.
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