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How To Trick-Or-Treat at the Shore

Okay, Halloween lovers – tomorrow is the big day! Here are some things you may want to know about trick-or-treating at the shore:

Where: Trick-or-treating is happening on October 31 in each Cape May County town.

When: The specific trick-or-treat times for each town is listed below.

 pumpkinonbeach       Avalon: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm*
        Cape May: 5 to 7 p.m.
        West Cape May: 5 to 7 p.m.
        Ocean City: 5 to 8 p.m.
        Sea Isle City: 5 to 8 p.m.
        Stone Harbor: 5 to 8 p.m.*
        North Wildwood: 5 to 7 p.m.
        West Wildwood: 5 to 8 p.m.
        Wildwood: 5 to 8 p.m.
        Wildwood Crest: 5 to 7 p.m.

(*Note that Avalon and Stone Harbor will provide maps of participating houses, available at the 82nd Street Recreation Department, or look for wooden pumpkins on lawns or porches.)

halloweenstarfishWho: Trick-or-treating is fun for everyone – including the teens! After all, if they took the time to put together a costume and are knocking on your door and (hopefully politely) asking for candy, that means they’re not out doing other things. So let them have their fun-sized bars!

Here are some other things to keep in mind when deciding who to trick-or-treat with:

• Children should be accompanied by an adult at all times
• Adults should remain with children at all times, including when going up to a door
• Teens who are not accompanied by an adult should go in a group – safety in numbers!
• Teens and their parents should discuss and agree upon a specific route and return time
• It is best to trick-or-treat only in neighborhoods or houses that you know
• If a person invites you inside, do not go unless you know them well or if the adults say its okay
• Children should be advised not to give their names, tell where they live or give other personal information if trick-or-treating where they don’t know the home owners

How: Here are some other best practices to keep in mind when trick-or-treating:

trickortreat• Costumes should not restrict visibility or movement
• Avoid masks that block vision and costumes that drag on the ground
• Pay attention to your town’s trick-or-treat rules, such as times, houses that are participating, etc.
• Know and obey your town/state pedestrian safety laws
• Use caution when crossing the street and around moving vehicles
• Carry a flashlight or use reflective tape and/or glow sticks to increase the likelihood that drivers can see you
• Do not open any candy or items until they are inspected – look for open packages or anything that feels or looks unusual
• Report any suspicious person or activity to the police immediately

Whew! We know this is a lot to keep in mind but our goal is to make sure that everyone is safe and enjoys their Halloween experience. So be safe, enjoy your night and have fun!

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