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Trick-or-Treat 6-8 p.m. Saturday

October 26th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

The official Indianapolis trick-or-treat hours for this Saturday, October 31, are from 6-8 p.m.  If you would like to welcome trick-or-treaters to your home, please make sure your porch lights are on starting at 6:00!

Here is information from the Red Cross and the Indianapolis Police Department about Halloween safety:

Red Cross Halloween Safety Tips for Kids and Adults

With witches, goblins, and super-heroes descending on neighborhoods across America, the American Red Cross offers parents some safety tips to help prepare their children for a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat holiday. Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common sense practices can keep events safer and more fun.

  • * Walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks, not in the street.
  • * Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks, and low-flying brooms.
  • * Cross the street only at corners.
  • * Don’t hide or cross the street between parked cars.
  • * Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible. (And remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards, and brooms, too!)
  • * Plan your route and share it with your family. If possible, have an adult go with you.
  • * Carry a flashlight to light your way.
  • * Keep away from open fires and candles. (Costumes can be extremely flamable.)
  • * Visit homes that have the porch light on
  • * Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger’s house.
  • * Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes.
  • * Be cautious of animals and strangers.
  • * Have a grown-up inspect your treats before eating. And don’t eat candy if the package is already opened.
  • *Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.

Here are Halloween trick-or-treat safety tips from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department:

• Adults should accompany young children, including to the door of every home they approach. Older children should use the buddy system.

• Parents should be familiar with every house and with all people from whom their children receive treats. Don’t approach houses that are not well-lighted and don’t have porch lights on.

• Children should never approach any vehicle, occupied or unoccupied, unless they know the owner and are accompanied by an adult.

• Children should never enter any home without permission from their parents.

• Children should carry glow sticks or flashlights and wear reflective clothing.

• Children wearing masks should be able to see and breathe easily.

• Costumes and masks should be flame-resistant.

• Parents should inspect all treats and dispose of anything that has been opened or never wrapped. Notify police if you see apparent tampering.

• Urge children to remember suspicious incidents and report them to parents or police.

• Tell children to scream and make a scene if anyone tries to grab them or force them into a home or vehicle. Tell children to run away from people who try to lure them with special treats.

• Cross streets at crosswalks, and use sidewalks whenever possible.


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