Halloween is almost here! Although children may be frightened by ghosts and goblins, most Indianapolis parents are focused on other scary scenarios, like:
- “Exactly how many times should I double-check my kid’s Halloween candy for poison/razors/needles before I’m officially overreacting?”
- “Gosh, we really need to fix our porch before the trick-or-treaters come knocking.”
- “What exactly is in my kids’ Halloween makeup? The last thing we need is for the kids to break out in hives by the end of the night.”
- “What are the odds we’ll actually get home before dark?”
Halloween is a fun family holiday, but every Indianapolis family should take certain safety precautions to make sure their night is merely spooky, not truly scary. Although still rare, child pedestrian deaths double on Halloween compared to other days during the year, according to USA Today. “Child” in this sense refers to anyone under 18, meaning that young children and older teenagers alike are at risk on October 31.
One of the best ways to prevent pedestrian injuries this Halloween is to trick-or-treat during designated times. More and more cities and neighborhoods are choosing to designate trick-or-treat times for the safety and convenience of everyone involved.
If you live in or around Indianapolis, here are some designated trick-or-treat times you’ll want to know for Wednesday, October 31, thanks to Indy’s Child.
Trick-or-Treat Times for Indianapolis and Surrounding Cities
- Indianapolis: 6-8 p.m.
- Fishers: 6-8 p.m.
- Carmel: 5-8 p.m.
- Noblesville: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
- Lawrence: 6-8 p.m.
- McCordsville: 5-8 p.m.
- New Palestine: 5-9 p.m.
- Avon: 6-8:30 p.m.
- Brownsburg: 6-8:30 p.m.
- Beech Grove: 5-8 p.m.
- Zionsville: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
- Speedway: 6-8 p.m.
- Plainfield: 5-8 p.m.
- Greenwood: 6-8:30 p.m.
Trick-or-Treat Times for Cities Throughout Indiana
Live outside of Marion County? Hensley Legal Group does, too! In addition to our Indianapolis and Fishers offices, we have offices in Evansville, Muncie, and Merrillville, and we currently serve Hoosiers across the state of Indiana. With that in mind, here are some trick-or-treat times for other major cities across the state:
- Muncie: 5-9 p.m.
- Anderson: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
- Bloomington: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
- Brown County: 5-7 p.m.
- Columbus: 5-7:30 p.m.
- Franklin: 5:30-8 p.m.
- Kokomo: 6-8 p.m.
- Seymour: 5-7 p.m.
- Shelbyville: 6-8 p.m.
- Whitestown: 6-9 p.m.
- Merrillville: 5-7 p.m. (central time)
- Chesterton: 5:30-7:30 p.m. (central time)
- Crown Point: 5-7 p.m. (central time)
- East Chicago: 4-6 p.m. (central time)
- Elkhart: 6-8 p.m. (Eastern time)
- Fort Wayne: 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Eastern time)
- Goshen: 5:30-8 p.m. (Eastern time)
- Hammond: 5-7 p.m. (Central time)
- Hobart: 5-7 p.m. (central time)
- La Porte: 6-8 p.m. (central time)
- Michigan City: 5-7 p.m. (central time)
- Mishawaka: 5-7 p.m. (Eastern time)
- South Bend: 5-7 p.m. (Eastern time)
- Valparaiso: 5:30-7:30 p.m. (central time)
Many cities in Southern Indiana are moving trick-or-treat times due to a forecast of rain on Halloween night. Other cities, like Evansville, don’t have set times for trick-or-treating this year.
- Holland: Tuesday, October 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
- Jasper: Tuesday, October 30, 6-8 p.m.
- UPDATE: Newburgh: Tuesday, October 30, 4-8 p.m.
Henderson and Owensboro in Kentucky are also recommending moving trick-or-treating to Tuesday, October 30.
Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating
While your family enjoys the frightening festivities, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind this Halloween:
- Fully charge your phone before leaving the house.
- Do not allow children under 12 to trick-or-treat alone.
- For children over 12 who want to trick-or-treat alone, make sure to agree upon a well-lit path and a set curfew before they leave for the night.
- Keep to sidewalks when you can.
- Bring flashlights or give children glow sticks to increase their visibility.
- Consider putting reflective tape on your children’s backs to increase their visibility without ruining their costumes.
- Make sure shoes are appropriate for walking and costumes don’t present any trip or breathing hazards for children.
- Teach your children to look both ways before crossing the street.
- Aim to end your trick-or-treating before sunset.
From all of us at Hensley Legal Group, we hope you have a safe and spooky Halloween!