WILMINGTON, MA — Below are four things every Wilmington trick-or-treater should know!
#1) No Set Time
Wilmington has no “official” trick or treating hours.
“We tell families that trick or treating starts when it gets dark, with the expectation that most families with young children will conclude that a couple of hours is enough time to be out gathering treats,” said Town Manager Jeff Hull. “To my knowledge, we have not had a problem with unofficial approach.”
On Halloween, the sun is scheduled to set in Wilmington at 5:38pm.
#2) Forecast Looks Good
According to the National Weather Service, Halloween will be mostly cloudy with a low around 47. Patchy fog is expected after 10pm. There’s a 30% chance of rain, but not until after 2am.
#3) Best Neighborhoods
Two areas in town — the Pouliot Place/Shawsheen Commons/Mink Run Road area and the Hathaway Acres area, off of Salem Street — are known as particularly popular places for trick or treaters.
#4) Keep Safe
Below are safety tips from the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal:
- More children are hit by cars on Halloween than any other single day, so it’s important for children to be visible and to practice pedestrian safety.
- Children should carry a flashlight or glow sticks and costumes should be bright-colored or have reflective tape to highlight them.
- Drivers should use extra caution: drive more slowly and watch for children who may forget to cross at corners and use crosswalks.
- Keep decorations like cornstalks and leaves away from heat sources and lit candles. Switch to battery operated candles.
- Be sure all parts of costumes are labeled flame retardant.
- Costumes should not have trailing materials or tails long enough to cause falls.
- If a child is wearing a mask instead of make-up, make sure the eye holes are large enough to see through clearly.
- Make sure your home is well-lit inside and out and that there is a clear path to your door.
- Children under 12 should always be with an adult. It’s best to take little ones out early. If older children are going out without you, go over the ground rules first and set a curfew. Have them travel in a group and with a cell phone and flashlight.
- Remind youngsters to cross at crosswalks or corners and not to dart out between parked cars.
- Fireworks are dangerous and illegal in Massachusetts. The ban includes firecrackers, cherry bombs and party poppers.
For more information on Halloween Safety, contact your local fire department or look at the Department of Fire Services website at http://www.mass.gov/dfs, type Halloween Safety in the search bar, or call the Public Fire Safety Education Hotline at 1-877-9-NO-FIRE.
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