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Elizabeth Walter
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Office of the Mayor


2018 Halloween Trick-or-Treat Hours for Bloomington

Bloomington, Ind. - Trick-or-treat hours for the city of Bloomington have been set for Wednesday, October 31 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., rain or shine. Sunset will be at approximately 6:45 p.m. on Halloween.

Please consider these Halloween tips to help keep children and families safe:

  • Trick-or-treat during designated hours and go only to those homes that have a porch light on to welcome trick-or-treaters.

  • Carry a flashlight to light the way on streets and sidewalks. A flashlight or glow stick will also help illuminate children for drivers.

  • Dress your children in, or bring along, some type of reflective material for dusk and later trick-or-treating. A reflective jacket works well, as do reflective trick-or-treat bags.

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.

  • Put electronic devices such as cell phones down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run.

  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If children are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar well-lit areas and trick-or-treat in groups.

  • Make sure that costumes do not cause a safety hazard for children by being too long or including masks that affect their ability to see clearly. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks.

  • Homeowners should make sure that pets are secured in order to avoid interaction with trick-or-treaters.

  • Children should be instructed NEVER to enter the home of someone they do not know and to remain on the porch to receive their treats.

  • Any suspicious activity or tainted candy should be reported to police immediately.

  • Children should be instructed not to eat candy until it has been inspected by an adult.

  • Drive slowly, anticipate pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential areas. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

  • Take extra time to look for children at intersections, on medians, on curbs and behind landscaping.