Trick or Treat! Your Guide to Halloween 2017

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It’s time for silly and spooky costumes in all corners of our community. As we celebrate Halloween, here are a few things to know.

 

When is Trick-or-Treating?

This may seem like a silly question, but some communities, cities and counties designate a specific time and sometimes a day other than Oct. 31 for trick-or-treating. Fairfax County Government does not set a different date. Halloween is Tuesday, Oct. 31. Your homeowners association or apartment complex may set times for events, but neighborhood trick-or-treating is generally the evening of Oct. 31.

 

Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

  1. Children should only visit homes that have their porch lights on.
  2. Inspect your children’s candy before they eat it — especially for any food allergies (some people use teal pumpkins to distribute allergy-free treats).
  3. Make sure children know their phone number and address — and to provide this information to a police officer in an emergency or if lost.
  4. Stay on sidewalks and avoid walking in streets, if possible. Cross streets only at the corner and never cross between parked vehicles or mid-block.
  5. And when trick-or-treating, use battery-powered lights, keep your devices charged and pick a place to meet if you get lost.

Additional tips from our police department:

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Nextdoor Treat Map

We participate on the free, private neighborhood social media network called Nextdoor. If you’re a member, which many people are in the county, you can mark your home as trick-or-treat friendly. From Nextdoor:

“We’re taking the trick out of Halloween, as Nextdoor’s Treat Map allows neighbors to mark their home with a candy corn icon to let neighbors know they’ll be giving out candy. The Treat Map also lets neighbors plot haunted houses on the map, making trick-or-treaters everywhere know which houses to stop by for a spook-filled thrill!”

More Details About Nextdoor’s Treat Map

 

Safe Costume Tips

  1. Make sure trick-or-treaters can be seen by wearing something reflective or carrying a flashlight or glow stick.
  2. Make sure your child’s Halloween costume is made with fire retardant materials and has eye holes large enough for your child to safely see out of.
  3. The costume should be short enough so it doesn’t interfere with walking.
  4. If your child carries an accessory, such as a fake sword, make sure it’s made from a flexible material such as rubber, so it cannot injure your child or others.
  5. Consider using makeup on children’s faces instead of a mask to allow the child to see clearly.

 

Safety Tips for Older Ghosts

  1. PLEASE: Don’t speed or drive above the speed limit on Halloween (or any time!). Drive below the posted speed limit in residential areas. This will give you time to brake if you see a child dart in front of you.
  2. When giving candy, consider treats WITHOUT nuts and other common food allergies. Here are some quick Halloween food safety tips.
  3. The regional Halloween SoberRide program will be offered between 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28 and 4 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 29.
  4. If you have pets, provide a safe, secure space during trick or treating time. Pets may not enjoy all of the noise, including ringing doorbells.

Additional tips from our police department:

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Halloween Events

Looking for events? Check out these links:

 

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