As a reminder, Danville observes Halloween on October 31.
- Use markers and let young children draw faces on pumpkins with washable markers. Leave the carving to an adult.
- Invest in pumpkin cutters. With supervision, older children can carve their own pumpkins with special pumpkin cutters equipped with safety bars.
- Use candles with care! Place candlelit pumpkins on a sturdy surface away from curtains and other flammable objects. Never leave candlelit pumpkins unattended. Consider using artificial lights, such as flameless candles.
- Wear light colored clothing that is short enough to prevent tripping and add reflective tape to the front, back, and sides of the costume.
- Make sure children can see well through face masks, or use cosmetics to create fun or scary faces.
- Avoid metal or wooden props such as daggers or swords. Consider foam rubber or soft plastic.
- Be aware that children dressed in costumes may frighten pets or other animals.
- Costumes should be short enough so that they don't cause your child to trip and fall.
- Adults should accompany young children during Halloween festivities.
- Go out in the daylight hours, or carry a flashlight during dusk and nighttime.
- Stay within the neighborhood you are familiar with, and only visit the homes of people you know.
- Watch out for traffic. People driving cars may not be able to see you as well as you can see them.
- Avoid taking shortcuts across backyards or alleys. Stick to the sidewalks of well lit streets.
- Parents or Guardians: please examine all candy before allowing children to eat it.
- Only give and accept wrapped or properly packaged candy.
- If you have young children, weed out gum, peanuts, hard candies and other choking hazards.
- Be aware of children darting out between parked automobiles.
- Use caution while entering and exiting driveways.
- During twilight and evening hours be mindful of children in dark costumes.
- Homeowners should prepare their home for trick-or-treaters by removing obstacles from the front yard.
- Keep your house/porch lights on. Replace any burned-out bulbs to ensure good visibility at your door and the walkway leading up to it.
- Control your pets! Take no chances that your pet might be frightened and chase or bite a child at your door.
- Consider non-candy treats, such as stickers and erasers, as a sugar free alternative.
Sec. 23-11. - "Trick or treat" activities.
(a) It shall be unlawful and a Class 4 misdemeanor for any person to go upon the property of another, without prior invitation, for the purpose of seeking or obtaining candies, fruits or like articles on Halloween or on the day preceding or on the day following Halloween, or for the purpose of engaging in the practice commonly called "trick or treat."
(b) This section shall not apply to any child or children who have not attained the age of eleven (11) years.
(Code 1962, § 17-35; Ord. No. 2010-01.05, 1-5-10)
Cross reference— Penalty for Class 4 misdemeanor, § 1-11.
Code of Virginia
§ 18.2-422. Prohibition of wearing of masks in certain places; exceptions.
Links of Interest
Halloween Safety Guide
Halloween Tips for Parents
Halloween Pet Safety
Tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Crime Prevention Council / Playing it Safe on Halloween: Pointers for Parents
National Crime Prevention Council / Playing it Safe on Halloween: Pointers for Parents (Spanish)
McGruff's Halloween Safety Tips and Maze
McGruff's Halloween Safety Quiz and Coloring Page