Trick-or-treating times and safety tips

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Carmel: 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31

Fishers: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31

Noblesville: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31

Westfield: 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31

Zionsville: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31

The Noblesville Police Dept. gave the following tips for parents, trick-or-treaters and motorists during Halloween activities:

For parents:

  • Make sure an adult or older, responsible youth will be supervising the outing for younger children.
  • Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.
  • Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never enter a stranger’s home.
  • Tell your youngsters not to eat any treat until they return home.
  • Establish a return time.
  • Review all the appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules.
  • Remind children to walk on sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, have children walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
  • Remind children to walk, do not run. Be careful crossing yards and lawns where unseen objects or uneven terrain can present tripping hazards.
  • When in doubt about a specific treat that your child has brought home, simply throw it away.
  • Contact you local police department immediately if you suspect that your child’s candy/treat has been compromised in any way.

For trick-or-treaters:

  • Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes.
  • Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard. (Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries on Halloween.)
  • If children are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made with light-colored materials. Strips of reflective tape should be used to make children more visible.
  • Avoid masks that may obstruct a child’s vision. Use face paint instead.
  • Carrying flashlights will help children see and be seen more clearly.

For motorists:

  • Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • Travel at a reduced speed (10-15 mph below the posted speed limit), especially in residential areas where it is obvious children will be walking.

For residents:

  • Leave your exterior lights on near your front door if you are participating in handing out candy. Parents/children will use this as a means to identify your willingness to participate.
  • Secure any pets (outside and inside) that may become startled because of the costumes, noise or overall increase in activities on that evening.
  • Make sure children have a clear path to and from your front door. Decorations or other Halloween displays can sometimes present a tripping hazard for unsuspecting children.
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