Halloween Hours And Safety Tips For Trick-Or-Treating (VIDEO)

By Benecia Brown - 21Alive
By Emma Koch - 21Alive

October 24, 2013 Updated Oct 24, 2013 at 1:08 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Below are notices about this year's Halloween hours and rules for tick-or-treating. We will update this list with information from area city officials as it becomes available.

Fort Wayne
This year's Halloween hours for trick-or-treating in Fort Wayne will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

North Christian Church will host a free indoor event from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. This is the second year for the event that provides an opportunity for Northcrest families to gather in a safe place for trick-or-treating. There will be free refreshments, too: hot dogs, cocoa, chips, cider, and donuts. There will be a prize for best decorated trunk and a door prize for one voter. To donate candy or help with the event call 260-482-1596.

Kingston Care Center on Washington Center Road is hosting a Sweet Treats and Great Eats Trunk or Treat event Oct. 25th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event includes Food Truck options, photo booth, live music and free kettle corn. Donations will be accepted with the proceeds going to the American Heart Association.

New Haven
This year's Halloween hours for trick-or-treating in New Haven will be 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Downtown businesses are offering trick-or-treating from 5-7 p.m. and Broadway will be closed during this time.

From 5-6:30 p.m. there will be a Halloween Carnival in Schnelker Park. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Geneva
Limberlost State Historic Site will host the Spooktacular Nature event Sat. Oct. 19 from 6-8 p.m. Families are invited to dress up and participate in a number of Halloween activities, including a petting zoo. For more information call 260-368-7428.

Pokagon State Park
Pokagon State Park is hosting Halloween activities on Oct. 26 at the campground. Campers can go wild during the campsite decorating contest ad craft programs begin at 10:30 a.m. with making treat bags and pumpkin coloring creations begins at 2 p.m. The night is capped with the annual "Ghost Tales and Other Stories of the Season" program with professional storytellers. Contact the park for more information. Standard entrance fees apply.

LaGrange
This year's Halloween hours for trick-or-treating will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

Shipshewana
This year's Halloween hours for trick-or-treating will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

Topeka
This year's Halloween hours for trick-or-treating will be 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 31.

Wolcottville
This year's Halloween hours for trick-or-treating will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

Albion
This year's Halloween hours for trick-or-treating will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

Safety Tips:
Candy Safety:
·Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home.
·Trick-or-treaters should eat a snack before heading out, so they won’t be tempted to nibble on treats that haven’t been inspected.
·Tell children not to accept—or eat—anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
·Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.
·Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers.
Costume Safety:
·Make sure it fits. Do a Halloween Runway Show with your kids - or even yourself - to make sure the costume offers full mobility and trim as needed
·"Seeing" works both ways. While we're on the subject of fitting the costume, consider how well the child can see inside the mask. Sometimes, a couple snips can clear out a larger range of vision. Consider how well your child can be seen at night in their costume. Make sure your child can be seen by motorists, haunted house owners, and other Trick-or-Treaters after dark.
·Consider the footwear. Many kids have been forced to turn back for home with far less than the annual candy quota because of pain or because they have tripped or fallen in their Halloween costume shoes.
Weather:
· Anticipate adverse weather conditions.
Final Thoughts:
·Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
·Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
·Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
·Only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
·Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats unless you know the cook well.
·Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Otherwise, stay outside.
·Carry a cell phone

Halloween tips for parents and homeowners about what to do with the kids can be found at www.whattodowiththekids.com.




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