Tips for Safe Trick or Treating

Are you wondering if Wichita Falls has a specific day and time for trick-or-treating this Halloween? The city of Wichita Falls does not. But officials do recommend that they do so the evening of Halloween, October 31 between a time of 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for trick-or-treating.

Please also consider the following safety suggestions before venturing out on Halloween:

Costumes

1. Costumes, wigs, trick or treat bags/containers, should be flame retardant or resistant
2. Costumes should be short enough to avoid tripping
3. Reflective material should be on the front and back of the outfit
4. Choose makeup over a mask but if using a mask make sure it has eye holes that do not
obstruct vision, ear holes that allow for normal hearing and a hole for the mouth to allows
for normal breathing
5. Do not carry sharp objects
6. Costumes should fit loosely to allow for freedom of movement
Trick or Treating
1. Adults should always accompany children
2. Trick or treat in groups
3. Establish a return time for children old enough to trick or treat without a parent
4. Plan a route in well-known areas
5. Stay in well-lit areas, do not allow children to take shortcuts through alleys,
fields…etc.
6. Children should carry flashlights, have reflective material on their costumes and/or use
light sticks so they will be seen by motorists
7. Children should only knock on the door of a house that has lights on
8. Never enter the home of a stranger
9. Never open the vehicle of a stranger
10. Observe all traffic signs and laws
11. Stay on the sidewalk
12. Walk; do not run from place to place especially when crossing the street, do not pass
the street between parked cars
13. Carry a cell phone
14. Do not eat treats until home and inspected by an adult
15. Report any suspicious activity to the Police Department

A few years ago I was Rosie the Riveter and Oaklee was a train conductor.

Drivers

1. Drive slow, very slow, with lights and flashers on if in a neighborhood with trick or
treaters
2. Observe for children crossing the street between cars and from obstructed areas

Once Home

1. Inspect all candy for signs of tampering: small holes, re-wrapping or torn packaging
2. Throw out any suspicious candy
3. Homemade goodies should only be consumed if given by friends or relatives

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