Rainy Halloween forecast splits local trick-or-treat times
It’s a holiday where people freely give candy to whomever knocks on their door. As local residents prepared for Halloween 2019 this week, the Delaware State Police reminded families, drivers and those handing out treats to remain alert and safe.
Making for a week full of costumed fun, the Selbyville Halloween Parade was held on Oct. 30. Several other towns saw Halloween celebrations on Oct. 26, including Bethany Beach’s Wags, Witches & Warlocks fest; Frankford Fall Festival; and Ocean View Cops & Goblins festival.
Since Halloween has a windy and rainy weather forecast, some towns still planned to host trick-or-treating on Thursday, Oct. 31, while others switched to Friday, Nov. 1. As of Coastal Point press time, the local schedule is:
• Bethany Beach: No official times.
• Dagsboro: Friday, Nov. 1, 6 to 8 p.m., ages 12 or younger.
• Fenwick Island: No official times.
• Frankford: Friday, Nov. 1, 6 to 8 p.m., ages 12 or younger.
• Millsboro: Town officials said they would make a call mid-day Thursday about plans to hold trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween, or whether they change it; ages 12 or younger. (The Millsboro Police Department has invited kids to their Halloween celebration during trick-or-treating hours, at the town hall parking lot.)
• Millville: Friday, Nov. 1, 6 to 8 p.m.
• Ocean View: Friday, Nov. 1, 6 to 8 p.m.
• Selbyville: Thursday, Oct. 13, 6 to 8 p.m., ages 12 or younger. (The Selbyville Public Library has discontinued its Haunted Library event, but kids have been invited trick-or-treat for candy and books during that time.)
• South Bethany: No official times.
The DSP recommended that any household giving out treats should turn on an outdoor light. Pets should be locked safely away from trick-or-treaters. Property owners should eliminate any hazards surrounding the porch or walkway.
“Check around your property for low tree limbs, support wires or garden hoses that may be hazardous to young children rushing from house to house,” DSP representatives recommended. “Children should never go trick-or-treating alone, they should always have a parent or a group of friends with them at all times, and always carry a flashlight. Children should never go into a stranger’s home, car, or take shortcuts through back yards or alleys.”
Police recommended that everyone should use sidewalks and avoid walking directly on the road (where possible), and look both ways, twice, before crossing the street.
For added visibility in the dark, trick-or-treaters should consider using glow sticks or attaching reflective tape to the costumes or bags. Face paint may be safer than costume masks, which can impair children’s vision. Costumes should always fit properly (to avoid tripping), and people should avoid using props that could cause alarm in the community, such as guns.
“Children should never eat fruit or candy until examined by their parents or guardian. Never trust candy that has loose wrapping, unwrapped or holes in the package,” the police advised. “When in doubt — throw it out!”
Meanwhile, motorists were being asked to drive with extreme caution and to drive extra-slow in residential areas. Some children may walk in the roadway or inadvertently dart across the street into the path of moving vehicles.
We hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!
By Laura Walter