Looking ahead to all those trick-or-treaters

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News, Featured

Published on October 17, 2018 with No Comments

Halloween only comes once a year, but it has become the second largest retail holiday of the year (trailing only Christmas) and it continues to bring out the goblin or superhero in children and adults alike.

As for those trick-or-treaters soon to hit the streets, here, courtesy of theweathernetwork.com, are eight tips to keep children safe and having fun:

COSTUME CHOICE:Thanks to movies like Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther, you can expect an onslaught of superheroes as this year’s top costumes.Make sure masks don’t restrict vision, capes and dresses aren’t dragging on the ground, and extras like swords and sabers are made of soft, flexible material. And as always, don’t forget to prepare for the weather – add layers, wear warm and dry footwear and pack a hat and mitts in the bottom of the treat bag just in case.

BE VISIBLE:Try to choose bright or light-colored costumes or consider adding strips of reflective tape to costumes and bags. Glow sticks, mini-flashlights or bike lights can be easily hooked onto loops, zippers and treat bags.

BE STREET SMART:Remind children to stick to the sidewalk, stay on one side of the street at a time and avoid crossing mid-block. Motorists – slow down. It’s fun to start trick-or-treating early, but remember that twilight is one of the hardest times for drivers to see clearly.

GO AS A GROUP:Send an adult with a flashlight to accompany younger kids and have older kids travel in groups. Set specific neighborhood boundaries and as a general rule, advise trick-or-treaters to turn down all invitations to enter homes.

KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE:For households handing out treats, make sure porch lights are on and walkways are clear of decorations and clutter. Consider using LED lights, flashlights or glow sticks instead of candles in jack-o-lanterns.

CHECK TREATS BEFORE EATING:Remind kids to save their treats and goodies for home where an adult can check them. Toss candy if the package looks previously opened or wrappers have holes.

PLAN A SMALL PARTY:As a trick-or-treating alternative, some parents have organized neighborhood celebrations in a park, parking lot or community center. A smaller, controlled environment may help ease concerns about where treats come from and ingredients like sugar, gluten and nuts. You can even downplay the candy by focusing the evening on themed games and movies with friends.

STOCK UP ON BATTERIES:Stock up on batteries to use for flashlights and Halloween decorations. Surprising all of your unsuspecting haunted house guests and little ghosts with battery operated Halloween decorations and props is a must – and remember to double-check what type of battery each uses to avoid having the wrong fit at the last moment.

Here is a listing of trick-or-treat hours in Northwest Indiana communities, all happening on Wednesday, Oct. 31:

Burns Harbor – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Cedar Lake – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Chesterton – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Hobart – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Lake Station – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Lakes of the Four Seasons – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Merrillville – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Michigan City – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Munster – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

New Chicago – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Portage – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Porter – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

St. John – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Valparaiso – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Wanatah – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Westville – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Winfield – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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