AUBURN, Mass. – Halloween trick-or-treating in Auburn will happen on the traditional Oct. 31 this year.
According to Auburn Police Detective Sergeant Jeffrey Lourie, the town decided today that trick-or-treating will proceed from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday despite yesterday’s storm.
“The roads are safe for trick-or-treating this time around,” Lourie said.
Last year the October snowstorm hit on Halloween weekend, causing a delay in trick-or-treating. Given the widespread power outages and downed trees, limbs and wires, the Auburn Police Department postponed trick-or-treating by several days to ensure safety.
However this year, the town doesn’t have to suspend the fun night for kids.
Brian Kennedy, school resource officer for the police department, said Halloween is fun, but it can be even more fun if kids practice these Halloween safety tips:
- Make sure your costume fits. It is easy to trip on costumes that are too long and shoes that are too big. Keep costumes short to prevent falling.
- Wear masks on top of your head when walking from house to house. This will make it easier for you to see anything on the ground that would cause you to trip and fall.
- Wear brightly colored clothing or put reflective tape on costumes to make you more visible. Glow sticks are also a good idea to carry so cars can see you.
- Go trick-or-treating with a parent or another grown up. Trick-or-treaters should always be in a group so they aren’t tempting targets for real-life goblins (strangers).
- Use the buddy system. Trick-or-treat with friends and stay with the group. Don’t wander off alone or go up to a house by yourself.
- Visit only people you know and only stop at the houses with the outside lights on.
- Carry a flashlight.
- Do not enter a stranger’s house or go near a stranger’s car.
- Do not eat treats until your Mom or Dad checks them when you get home.
- Most importantly, have fun!