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Posted on: October 27, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Trick or Treat - Sunday, October 31

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The City of Beavercreek always hosts Trick or Treat on Halloween, October 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.

While Halloween is a fun holiday known for costumes and treats, it also brings serious safety risks. Here are some safety tips to follow to help ensure everyone has a safe and fun Halloween.

Halloween Safety Tips for Kids:

  • Trick-or-treat with members of your household or with a trusted adult
  • Walk, don’t run, and stay on sidewalks
  • Look both ways before crossing streets and only cross the street at corners
  • Wear reflective clothing
  • Be sure your costume is not too long - you don’t want to trip or fall
  • Shoes should fit comfortably (even if they don’t match your costume)
  • Carry only flexible swords, knives and props
  • Be sure your parents always know where you are going to trick-or-treat and stay in familiar neighborhoods
  • Do not ride a bicycle, your costume might get tangled in the wheels
  • Keep away from candles and open fires
  • Accept treats only outside of a home, never go inside
  • Visit homes that have the porch light on
  • Carry a flashlight
  • Be cautious of animals
  • Let parents check your treats before you eat them
  • Never eat unwrapped candy, opened candy or fruit or homemade treats given to you on Halloween

Halloween Safety Tips for Parents/Guardians:

  • Make sure your child eats dinner before trick-or-treating
  • Children should always carry spare change or a cell phone to call home, if necessary
  • When buying costumes, look for flame retardant material

Halloween Safety Tips for Homeowners:

  • Keep your yard well-lit if you plan to pass out treats, turn your lights off if you won’t be home to discourage children from approaching your property
  • Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip young children
  • Battery-powered jack-o’-lantern candles are preferable to using a real flame
  • If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from trick-or-treaters
  • Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won’t be blown into a flaming candle
  • Healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters include packages of crackers with cheese, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins or microwave popcorn
  • For non-food treats try pencils, stickers or plastic toys

Halloween Safety Tips for Drivers:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
  • Get rid of any distractions - like your phone - in your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings
  • Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances
  • Adult Halloween party-goers should have a designated driver

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