Grove City’s Beggar’s Night will be held 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31. The Grove City Division of Police reminds residents of a few simple safety tips.

Drivers are encouraged to practice additional caution because of high pedestrian traffic. Children are impulsive and may not always remember to be safe.

Before Trick-or-Treat

  • Choose a costume that is easy to walk and be seen in. It is best to wear a non-flammable material.
  • Use reflective tape on costumes and carry a flashlight at all times.
  • Make sure that the eyeholes on masks are large enough to see out of or use face paint as an alternative. If a child does wear a mask, instruct him/her to take it off before crossing the street.
  • Plan a route ahead of time with children, picking streets that are well-lit and they know well.
  • Children should be accompanied by a parent, older sibling or group.
  • Teach kids how to call 911 if they get lost or in an emergency. If the child is old enough, give them a cell phone to carry.
  • Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within the costume or on a bracelet.

During Trick-or-Treat

  • Travel in a group and hold on to treat bags tightly.
  • Only stop at houses with well-lit porches.
  • Travel in a familiar neighborhood.
  • Cross the street only at corners. Never cross between parked cars or the middle of the block.
  • Walk on well-lit streets and stay on the sidewalk.
  • Watch out for candles in jack-o’-lanterns that may catch clothes on fire.
  • Never go into the home of a stranger, even if invited inside for a treat.
  • If there is no sidewalk, stay as far left on the roadway as possible facing traffic.

After Trick-or-Treat

  • Parents should sort and check treats in a well-lit area.
  • Throw away any candy or food that is not wrapped and sealed by a food company. Carefully check all wrappers for signs of tampering.
  • Always wash and cut open fruit before taking a bite.
  • If any harmful items are found, notify the Grove City Division of Police immediately at 614-277-1710.

Parents might also consider visiting Grove City’s safe alternative to Trick-or-Treat, Boo Off Broadway, 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31 in Town Center. This annual family-friendly event allows children to dress in costume and safely collect candy and other goodies from area business owners.