Thursday, October 31, 2013 from
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Parents Urged to Stay Alert of Weather Conditions
This morning many Central Ohio communities including Dublin and Columbus decided to adjust trick or treat hours to 5:30 to 7 p.m. tonight.
Unfortunately, the weather is forecasted to be potentially severe later tonight which may result in unsafe conditions for trick or treating due to high winds and rain. In the event of severe weather, parents are urged to use sound judgment and common sense when considering whether to send their children outside. We strongly urge parents and residents who choose to participate in this annual tradition to stay alert to changing weather conditions to ensure everyone remains safe.
The communities participating in the adjusted time change include:
To find out the schedule of other communities, please visit MORPC’s website at www.morpc.org or contact your local community.
Halloween Safety Tips for Kids:
- Trick-or-treat in a group or with an 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.
- Consider using “face paint” instead of a mask. If you wear a mask, be sure you can see out of it clearly.
- 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 in doorways. Never go into a house.
- Visit homes that have the porch light on.
- Carry a flashlight.
- Never take candy from strangers.
- Be cautious of animals.
- Let parents check your treats before you eat them.
- Never eat unwrapped candy, opened candy or fruit given to you on Halloween.
Halloween Safety Tips for Parents:
- Make sure your child eats dinner before setting out.
- 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 or peanut butter, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins or microwave popcorn.
- For non-food treats try pencils, stickers, coins or plastic toys.
Halloween Safety Tips for Drivers:
- Drive slow, with caution, all evening.
- Adult Halloween party goers should have a designated driver.