Between Hurricane Sandy, school closures, loss of electricity and a thousand other distractions—you may have forgotten that Halloween is Oct. 31.
Never fear, Perry Hall Patch is here.
Check out our last-minute tips for Halloween preparedness.
- Be sure you're armed with candy. Local drug stores and grocery stores, for the most part, still have bags to spare.
- Perry Hall does not have a set time for trick-or treating, although surrounding local governments, including Harford County, recommend taking the kids out between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
- Dress for wet and cold if you're hitting the streets. The Weather Channel predicts temperatures around 40 degrees and a 30 percent chance of rain.
- If you're concerned about the safety of the kids' candy, area Patient First clinics, including Perry Hall's Belair Road location, is offering to X-ray candy for free between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Halloween. Any child who visits a clinic will also receive a safety blinker and Halloween safety tip card.
- Kids may borrow reflective vests from the Maryland State Highway Administration between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Oct. 31 and return them by Nov. 9. The closest office to Perry Hall is the Golden Ring Shop at 8375 Pulaski Highway in Rosedale.
- Don't forget to enter your trick-or-treater into Patch's Best Halloween Costume Contest! Find more details here.
The Maryland State Highway Administration also released the following safety tips for drivers and pedestrians.
- Stop for pedestrians—Maryland law requires motorists to stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks and intersections.
- Obey the speed limit. Speeding only makes it more difficult to stop unexpectedly.
- Motorists should be more cautious during peak trick-or-treating hours between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.
- Enter and exit driveways slowly, and turn at intersections with caution.
- Be alert for children darting across the street and crossing between parked cars.
- When driving children to and from different activities, make sure all seat belts are fastened and let children out of the car on the curbside.
- Never drink and drive. Designate a sober driver.
- Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.
- Cross at crosswalks or intersections.
- Be sure to see and be seen. Avoid dark clothing, wear bright colors and use reflective devices such as vests and blinking lights.
- Avoid costumes that may impair vision.
- Make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street.
- Stay alert and be on the lookout for cars traveling above the speed limit.
What are your tips for keeping Halloween fun and safe? Tell us in the comments.