Trick or Treat – Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 6 – 8 p.m.
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has set the recommended “Trick-or-Treat” dates for Central Ohio communities for the next five years. In a resolution approved by the Commission, the following formula determines the dates: if Halloween, October 31, falls on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, then Trick-or-Treat will be held the prior Thursday. If Halloween falls on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, then Trick-or-Treat will be held on that day.
Even though the Commission approved a unified date, local communities continue to maintain the authority to change to or keep Trick-or-Treat on October 31. The resolution further states, that in the event of inclement weather, Trick-or-Treat will remain on the unified date and parents will be encouraged to exercise judgment in allowing children to participate.
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.