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Perry Hall Trick-or-Treating Times, Tips

Stay safe this Halloween around Perry Hall.

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.

For drivers:

  • 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.

For pedestrians:

  • 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.

Stacey Schantz October 31, 2012 at 03:25 PM
the kids are really excited!!! So glad our neighborhood has power so the kids can have fun tonight. Just hope it warms up a bit!!!
John Doe October 31, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Thanks, Emily, for this information!

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