Halloween falls on a Friday this year. The last time that happened was in 2008!
While your little trick-or-treaters may be anxious to get out to start their candy collecting as soon as school lets out, there are rules about when they can start hitting up their neighbors for treats. For starters, children need to be 12 or younger and in every city it all ends at 8 p.m. – even on a Friday.
Trick or treat times in Hampton Roads are as follows:
Chesapeake: Dusk until 8 p.m.
Hampton: Dusk until 8 p.m.
Newport News: Dusk until 8 p.m.
Norfolk: Children must be off the streets by 8 p.m.
Portsmouth: Dusk until 8 p.m.
Suffolk: Ends at 8 p.m.
Virginia Beach: Dusk until 8 p.m.
Yorktown: 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Williamsburg: 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
10 On Your Side Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters:
- Carry a flashlight.
- Walk, don’t run.
- Stay on Sidewalks.
- Obey traffic signals.
- Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
- Don’t cut across yards or driveways.
- Wear a watch you can read in the dark.
- Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground.
- Shoes should fit (even if they don’t go with your costume).
- Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.
- Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props.
- (If no sidewalk) walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
- Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.
- Approach only houses that are lit.
- Stay away from and don’t pet animals you don’t know.