Halloween falls on Thursday, Oct. 31 this year. The sun will set 5:38 p.m. with darkness descending 7:13 p.m. Temperatures will be around 55, with a chance of rain.
Wellesley Police Department reminds trick-or-treaters to stay safe as they fill their bags with candy.
“The town does not have set hours for trick or treating, but we do encourage families to only trick or treat in neighborhoods they are familiar with and to avoid going to houses that are in darkness,” said Wellesley Police Lieutenant Marie C. Cleary.
Wellesley Police Department urges trick or treaters to follow the SAFE HALLOWEEN guide:
Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Young children should be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child. Walk in groups.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you. To be easily seen, children or adults should also carry flashlights. Bags or sacks should also be light colored or decorated with reflective tape.
Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house.
Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible. Be careful not to run out from between parked cars or across lawns and yard where ornaments and furniture could present dangers.
Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls. Costumes should be sort enough to prevent children from tripping and falling. Children should also wear well fitting, sturdy shoes.
Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Children should go only to homes where resident are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome. Don't stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
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How to handle a candy overload
Where is the best place to go trick or treating? If the area is well lit, has sidewalks, is decorated cool and/or hands out full sized candy bars, we want to know. Tell us in the comments section.
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