Beggar's Night/Trick-or-Treat

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Let's Work Together for a Safe Halloween
The Westerville Divisions of Police and Fire will be out in the community from 6-8 p.m. to hand out candy and encourage a safe celebration.

WPD and WFD also promote these safety tips:

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Motorists: watch for children who may dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  • Walk on sidewalks or paths. Avoid walking in the roadway.
  • Parents/guardians: Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Carry a flashlight.

Don't forget: if you see something, say something. Report any suspicious behavior to the Westerville Division of Police.

Emergencies: 9-1-1
Non-emergency reports: (614) 882-7444

Share these safety tips, and visit these websites for more helpful information.

https://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips
https://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/
American Academy of Pediatrics: goo.gl/y6kYRr

Trick-or-Treat Timeline: 6-8 p.m.
Trick-or-Treat will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. citywide on Tuesday, October 31. 

Even if weather conditions are poor, the City will not attempt to delay, postpone or otherwise recommend rescheduling Trick-or-Treat without a major compelling reason. Trick-or-Treat is not an official, City-sponsored event.

Parents and guardians are always encouraged to exercise their best judgment in determining whether or not weather conditions are safe and/or convenient for Trick-or-Treating.

Policy and Future Years
When October 31 falls on the weekend evenings of Friday, Saturday or Sunday, Beggar’s Night/Trick-or-Treat will be held on the Thursday evening prior to October 31. If October 31 falls on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, Beggar’s Night/Trick-or-Treat will be held the evening of October 31. The time for Beggar’s Night/Trick-or-Treat is 6-8 p.m.

  • 2017 - Tuesday, October 31, 6-8 p.m.
  • 2018 - Wednesday, October 31, 6-8 p.m.
  • 2019 - Thursday, October 31, 6-8 p.m.

As a reminder, most communities in central Ohio coordinate Trick-or-Treat via the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), keeping in mind factors such as day of week, public safety and weather. Trick-or-Treat is not an official, City-sponsored event.

When weather conditions are poor, the City does not attempt to delay, postpone or otherwise recommend rescheduling Trick-or-Treat without a major compelling reason such as severe weather warnings (heavy thunderstorms with lightning, hail, etc.) or a non-weather related community threat. A weather forecast of rain, cold weather or wind would not meet these conditions.

Parents and guardians are always encouraged to exercise their best judgment in determining whether or not weather conditions are safe and/or convenient for Trick-or-Treating.