At less than three weeks away, Halloween 2017 is almost upon us. Trips to local stores may have tipped you off, with their seasonal specials aisles being adorned with big bags of individually-wrapped candies, and bootleg Halloween costumes. Whether it’s the theatrics, the thousands and thousands of candy calories, or the feeling of being fun-scared, Halloween is a great time and a wonderful way to ease into colder weather.
What better way for kids to celebrate this spooky season is there than trick-or-treating? Getting to dress up, show off the costumes on which they’ve worked, and come back home with a pillow case, or Jack-O-Lantern full of candy is about the best trade-off for a few hours of walking.
Just like last year, Lexington has some great events going on both the day of and surrounding Halloween (Tuesday, October 31).
Without an official, town-sponsored Trick or Treat, Lexington doesn’t have official hours. Typically, peak hours are between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Sundown will occur at 5:39 PM EDT on Tuesday, October, 31, so parents taking young, energetic, children with costumes that are not reflective should try and take them out before the sun sets and darkness falls.
In lieu of a town-sponsored Trick or Treat, the Lexington Retailers Association will again be hosting their annual Trick or Treat with local businesses. Participating stores will be open and ready to receive costumed children for treats between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM on Tuesday, Octrober 31. If you’re looking for more information on participating Lexington stores, you can visit the Retail Association’s website by clicking here.
LexFUN!’s annual Halloween Parade will take place on Saturday, October 28. Beginning at 10 AM, this parade will allow children to show off their Halloween costumes. More information on the parade is available at the LexFUN! Facebook Event page here.
2017 Halloween and Trick or Treat Safety Tips for Lexington, MA
While fun, trick or treating can be dangerous. Drivers and parents alike need to be aware of their environments at all times to ensure safety for all participants. Here are some tips for parents:
- Have all children go with a supervising adult for the duration of the trick or treating
- Follow known routes. If children are venturing out with older children, make sure you know what route they will be following.
- Review pedestrian guidelines with children, remind them not to run out between parked cars.
- Encourage children to approach only houses that are well lit, and to never go inside a stranger’s home.
- Use brightly-lit, or reflective materials on Halloween costumes.
- Minimize material that could present a tripping hazard on Halloween costumes. Falling down is the leading cause of Halloween injury.
- Walk, don’t run, following sidewalks and crosswalks to cross the street.
- If no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
- Make a pre-trick-or-treat meal for your children to prevent them snacking on acquired candy on the way.
- Inspect all candy at home before allowing kids to have it. If it looks suspicious, throw it out.
For drivers, trick or treating may slow you down, but it’s important to be safe and keep others safe as well.
- Never, under any circumstances, use a phone or mobile device while driving.
- Keep an eye out for children in dark costumes, drive slowly and watch the sides of the road.
- In densely-parked areas, take especial care for children who may run out from between parked cars.
- Driveways and alleys should be entered and exited with extreme caution.
Trick or Treating is an important and fun part of Halloween. Together, we can have a great and safe Halloween holiday.
For more information on community events, be sure to check the local events section of our blog.
From all of us at Lexington Toyota, we hope you and your family have a great and safe Halloween!