Trick-or-treat night for Blair County is Oct. 30 this year, the Thursday before Halloween. Before your ghosts, pumpkins and princesses take to the streets that night, parents should remember some important safety tips.
Children should ideally dress in light or bright costumes. If, however, their costumes are dark, it is best to carry something reflective or illuminating, such as glow sticks, Hollidaysburg Police Chief Jeff Ketner advised.
Children younger than 10 years old should be with an adult at all times, and older children should never trick-or-treat alone.
"They should go with at least two other people," Ketner said. Children are allowed to trick-or-treat from 6 to 8 p.m. and should not be out any later.
According to www.eduguide.org, a parenting Web site, parents should write their name, address and phone number on the children's costumes in case they become separated.
The Web site also advises that children wear wigs and other accessories only if they are flame-resistant, and makeup should be nontoxic. Children should always walk while trick-or-treating. Running or riding a bike is not a good idea, according to www. eduguide.org.
It is also important to trick-or-treat only at homes with porch or Hallo-ween lights turned on.
"Don't take any chances at all. Don't take anything that's not packaged," Ketner said.
On trick-or-treat night, more officers and firefighters will be out patrolling the streets and ensuring a safe Halloween.
"We don't have a whole lot of trouble. Maybe a couple of shenanigans, but not a lot," Ketner said.