Beggars' Night

October 31st from 6-8 p.m. 
(Always on October 31, unless it falls on a Sunday, Wednesday, or home football game, then it is the day before)

For residents who will be distributing treats, please turn on your porch light to indicate that beggar's are welcome. Be sure the sidewalk or path to the door is clear of debris. Please keep pets inside to protect them from being frightened or inadvertently biting a child.

Drivers are urged to use extra caution during this time. Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a vehicle on Halloween than any other night of the year.

Beggars' Night Safety Tips

  • Have your child carry a flashlight or glowstick to make them more visible to motorists. Reflective gear and reflective tape are also recommended.

  • Designate an adult to accompany children. If unable to accompany them, know the area they will be going and provide a cell phone in case of emergencies.

  • Encourage kids to walk, not run and to never cut across lawns or driveways.

  • Remind children to stop and be sure it is safe before crossing the street. Always cross the street at corners using the crosswalks.

  • Apply face paint instead of wearing a mask to make sure vision is not obstructed.

  • Children should never enter a residence unless the parents know the residents.

  • Parents should examine all items before children consume them and make sure they are all commercially made (vs. homemade or items appearing to be tampered with).

Safety Tips For Drivers

  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods.

  • Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

  • Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating so you can concentrate on the road.


Halloween Fire Safety Tips

Fire and simulated fires play a big part in Halloween decorating, from candle-lit jack-o-lanterns to outdoor torches. The first step to fire safety is to make your own home safer. Instead of candles in your pumpkin you can use electric or battery-operated lights designed for that purpose. Use only simulated flames in outside decorations and make sure all your decorations are flame retardant.

Cornstalks, dried flowers, and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these decorations away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.

For fire safety away from home follow some simple rules like:

  • If you buy a costume make sure it is labeled fire resistant or flame retardant.

  • If you make a costume avoid flimsy material or a large amount of loose material that could inadvertently contact an open flame.

  • Never use candles or flame-producing lanterns as part of a costume, or allow them to be carried by children.

  • Be sure to educate children on the dangers of open flames.

  • Review with children how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothes catch on fire.

We hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween. Remember, in the event of an emergency call 9-1-1.