By Melanie Dzwonchyk, firstname.lastname@example.org
6:00 AM EDT, October 31, 2013
Ghosts and goblins, superheroes and princesses will be out trick-or-treating in Laurel tonight, Thursday, Oct. 31.
While city and county police departments do not designate official hours for trick or treat in Laurel, city officials have suggested that kids go out from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween. Laurel Police will have extra officers on patrol during those hours, and homeowners should turn on their outdoor or porch lights to indicate they are welcoming trick-or-treaters.
The city released the following Halloween safety tips:
• When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
• Provide children with flashlights or glow sticks for visibility.
• Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
• It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candles in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
• Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.