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Trick-or-treating times for Fredericksburg: When to go for the candy grab
The sun will set at 5:54 p.m. on Halloween this year, and little ghosts and goblins will begin knocking on doors and expecting treats from dusk “until people stop giving out candy,” noted Natatia Bledsoe, with the Fredericksburg Police Department.
In the city, we tend to see most trick-or-treaters out and about from roughly 6 to 8:30 on Halloween night. Some go out a little earlier; some stay out a little later.
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Here are some trick-or-treating safety tips from the Stafford Sheriff’s Office:
- Bring treats home before eating them so parents can inspect them.
- Have your name and address attached to your costume.
- Wear identification bracelets.
- Use flashlights.
- Walk through your neighborhood with others and do not stray from your group.
- Stay in your own neighborhood and trick-or-treat only at homes that have porch lights on.
- Never take shortcuts through back yards, alleys or parks.
- Never enter a home of a stranger or accept rides from strangers.
- Try to wear costumes made of white or light colored materials. If your costume is dark attach reflector tape on the costume to increase night time visibility.
- Young children should always be accompanied by an adult.
- Look in all directions before crossing a street and obey all traffic signals. Cross streets at the corner.
- Carry trick-or-treat bags that have strong straps or handles. This allows you to carry the bag with one hand leaving the other hand free.