CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – It’s the spookiest night of the year, but making sure your little ghosts and goblins are safe this Halloween will be every parent’s priority this evening.
So, what are appropriate times for trick-or-treating? Many cities do not dictate which hours children go trick-or-treating, but a general recommended window is 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Charleston-area officials urge those in search of candy and treats to visit only trusted homes and neighborhoods.
They say small children should be accompanied by an adult and trick-or-treat in well-lit areas. If older children are going alone they should plan and review their route with parents/guardians and have a specific time they will return home.
Those walking around neighborhoods after dark should wear reflective items and have a light source like flashlights, glow bracelets or necklaces. Costumes shouldn’t drag too far on the ground to avoid tripping and use face paint instead of a mask to make it easier for you to see where you are going.
If you plan to be driving during trick-or-treat hours, watch for children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs. Be sure to enter and exit driveways carefully and drive slower than normal in the event a child darts into the roadway.
Trick-or-treaters should use well-marked routes to get to the candy. Always use the sidewalk, and do not cut across yards or use alleys.
Finally, never enter a stranger’s home or vehicle.
If you are worried about safety, there will be many places across the Lowcountry offering safe and fun events for candy collecting.
In Charleston, families are invited to trick-or-treat in Hampton Park from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Visitors can expect hay rides, pony rides, a costume contest, jump houses and more.
Happy Halloween from News 2!