Beggars Night will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. The Grove City Division of Police are offering safety tips for residents and children participating in the traditional door-to-door trick or treating.
Before the event
•Wear a costume easy to see.
•Wear a non-flammable material so it cant catch on fire.
•Use reflective tape on costumes so drivers can see you.
•Carry a flashlight or other illumination device.
•Try to use makeup rather than a mask – its safer than a mask because children can see and breathe easily. If a child does wear a mask, instruct them to take it off before crossing a street.
•Plan a trick-or-treat route ahead of time with children, picking streets that are well lit and familiar.
•Have children go with a parent, older sibling or with a group.
•Teach kids how to call 9-1-1 if they get lost or there is an emergency.
•Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within the costume or on a bracelet.
During the event
•Trick-or-treat in a group and hold onto treat bags tightly.
•Only trick-or-treat at houses with well lit porches.
•Its always best to trick-or-treat in your own neighborhood.
•Cross the street only at corners. Never cross between parked cars or the middle of the block.
•Watch out for candles in Jack-O-Lanterns that may catch your clothes on fire.
•Never go into the home of a stranger, even if invited inside.
•If there are no sidewalks, stay as far off of the roadway as possible and walk facing traffic.
After the event
•Throw away any candy or food that is not wrapped and sealed by a candy or food company. Carefully check all wrappers for signs of tampering.
•Always wash and cut open trick-or-treat fruit before taking a bite.
Notify the police if there are any suspicious treats or anything meant to harm you. The Grove City Division of Police can be contacted at 277-1710.