We've got the scoop on trick-or-treating hours, safety tips and the weather forecast as your little ghouls and goblins count the hours until trick-or-treating begins on Halloween.
Hartland, unlike many other communities does not have set trick-or-treating hours, but typically the kiddos set out between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The American Red Cross offers the following advice for all trick-or-treaters:
SEVERE WEATHER:If thunder roars, go indoors. If there is thunder, stay inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap. If someone is driving, they should try to exit the roadway and park, stay in the vehicle, turn on the emergency flashers and avoid touching metal surfaces. If someone is stuck outside, they should avoid high ground, water, tall trees and metal objects. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are not safe. Download the free Red Cross Tornado App which will not only let you know about NOAA tornado alerts, but also severe thunderstorm and flood watch and warning alerts.
TRICK OR TREAT:
· Look for flame-resistant costumes.
· Plan the Trick-or-Treat route and make sure adults know where children are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children as they make their way around the neighborhood.
· Make sure the Trick-or-Treaters have a flashlight. Add reflective tape to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags. Have everyone wear light-colored clothing in order to be seen.
· Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door – never go inside.
· Instead of masks, which can cover the eyes and make it hard to see, consider using face paint.
· Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic. Look both ways before crossing the street and cross only at the corner. Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.
· Be cautious around pets and any other animals.
WELCOMING GHOSTS AND GOBLINS
If someone is welcoming Trick-or-Treaters at their home, they should make sure the outdoor light is on. Other safety steps include:
· Sweep leaves from the sidewalks and steps.
· Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
· Restrain any household pets.
· Use a glow stick instead of a candle in the jack-o-lantern to avoid a fire hazard.
Purchase a last minute pumpkin
- Simply Fresh Market, 9985 E Grand River Ave. in Brighton
- Bordine's, 6347 Grand River Ave. in Brighton
- English Gardens, 7341 Grand River Rd, Brighton
Take a spooky walk
The Terrorfied Forest is a 30-acre attraction that takes you deep in darkness. Navigate your way through heart pounding terror as creatures come out to play. The one-mile walk takes approximately 40 minutes.
Donate your candy to the troops
For the third year, TNT Orthodontics in Brighton and South Lyon is participating in the candy buy back program. For every pound of unopened candy brought in, kids will receive $1. Candy will be sent overseas to service members via Operation Gratitude. For more information visit http://www.tntbraces.com.
The National Weather Service predicts Thursday will be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and a high near 67 degrees.
Now all you need to decide is whether you'd prefer a trick or a treat!