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Happy Halloween!

The days are getting shorter and the leaves are falling and Halloween is right around the corner on Saturday, October 31. This Halloween may look different than years’ past. For those of you who choose to venture out among the ghosts and goblins, we recommend that you do so during the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Halloween night.

More so than ever this year, if you do not plan on participating in Halloween, please turn off your porch light as an indicator.

As always, the ultimate goal on this spooky and candy-filled holiday is safety and fun! Help make sure that your child is in a safe costume with good vision, that jack-o-lanterns or other decorations with candles in them are far enough away from trick-or-treaters that they do not pose a fire threat, and make sure that any prop your child carries is smooth and flexible to avoid injury. Above all, teach your little ones basic safety for this Halloween and everyday including not talking to strangers, looking both ways before crossing the street and never getting in a car with someone they don’t know.

On top of the safety tips, always remember that making a nice Halloween dinner before trick-or-treating will help curb the sugar and candy appetite later in the evening and will give you more of a chance to look over the candy haul. J

And finally, don’t forget to sneak a few of your favorite treats out of your kid’s pumpkin when they aren’t looking – you’re doing them a favor as ALL of that candy wouldn’t really be good for them.

If you would like State guidance on COVID-19 and Halloween, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween for details on low, moderate and high risk activities.

Happy Halloween!