Halloween is a little less than a week away and besides “what are you going to be for Halloween?” the other most common question this week has been – “what time is Trick-or-Treating?”
The answer – the same as last year: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in both Hamilton and Wenham.
The sun will set at 5:38 p.m. on Halloween, which means that the sun will be up for the start of Trick-or-Trick for younger children or those who may go trick-or-treating in poorly lit areas or areas without sidewalks.
Also, do not forget about “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” put on by Kids Care Club. It is an annual Halloween tradition where children at Winthrop help vulnerable children around the world. The Winthrop Kids Care Club is reminding residents about making a donation when children trick-or-treat in your neighborhood.
And as you head out to Trick-or-Treat, do not forget to snap a photo of your little ghost or goblin to enter in the Patch national costume contest, where the winner gets a three day, two night trip to New York or Los Angeles for two that includes a meet and greet with Heidi Klum, plus a donation of $1,031 to a local charity of the winner's choice.
Here are some other Halloween safety tips, from various cell phone providers, police and parks departments.
1. Bring along a wireless phone and make sure it is fully charged before you leave.
2. Establish boundaries that include familiar routes for your children.
3. Parents should examine candy before kids eat it.
4. Make sure costumes are flame resistant and avoid costumes with large, billowing materials that are more likely to catch fire on open flame.
5. Have an adult accompany trick-or-treaters as they roam the sidewalks, bring a flashlight and avoid running. Stay on marked paths and sidewalks and watch out for lawn decorations.
6. Only go to homes where there is a light on.
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