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Does the city regulate trick-or-treating?

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Wichita Falls sent Newschannel 6 this official press release stating it does not regulate trick-or-treating. The city does, however, have recommendations for safety.

 

Trick-or-Treating Recommendations

             Wichita Falls, Texas- The City of Wichita Falls does not set an official day or time for children to trick-or-treat, however, due to the number of phone calls being received by the Public Information Office it is recommended, as has been the practice for many decades in the City, for those who are planning to go door-to-door to receive Halloween treats and those who will be home to distribute Halloween treats, that they do so on the evening of Halloween, Thursday, October 31st.

            The Wichita Falls Police Department suggests a time of 6:pm to 8:pm for trick-or treating. Citizens should also consider the following safety suggestions before venturing out on Halloween.

Costumes

1. Costumes, wigs, trick or treat bags/containers, should be flame retardant or resistant

2. Costumes should be short enough to avoid tripping

3. Reflective material should be on the front and back of the costume

4. Choose makeup over a mask but if using a mask make sure it has eye holes that do not obstruct vision, ear holes that allow for normal hearing and a hole for the mouth to allows for normal breathing

5. Do not carry sharp objects

6. Costumes should fit loosely to allow for freedom of movement

 

Trick or Treating

1. Adults should always accompany children

2. Trick or treat in groups

3. Establish a return time for children old enough to trick or treat without a parent

4. Plan a route in well-known areas

5. Stay in well-lit areas, do not allow children to take short cuts through alleys, fields…etc.

6. Children should carry flashlights, have reflective material on their costumes and/or use light sticks so they will be seen by motorists

7. Children should only knock on the door of a house that has lights on

8. Never enter the house of a stranger

9. Never enter the vehicle of a stranger

10. Observe all traffic signs and laws

11. Stay on the sidewalk

12. Walk; do not run from place to place especially when crossing the street, do not cross the street between parked cars

13. Carry a cell phone

14. Do not eat treats until home and inspected by an adult

15. Report any suspicious activity to the Police Department

 

Drivers

1. Drive slow, very slow, with lights and flashers on if in a neighborhood with trick or treaters

2. Watch carefully for children crossing the street between cars and from obstructed areas

 

Once Home

1. Inspect all candy for signs of tampering: small holes, re-wrapping or torn packaging

2. Throw out any suspicious candy

3. Homemade goodies should only be consumed if given by friends or relatives