Trick-or-treat hours announced for Halloween 2017

Date Published: 
Oct. 27, 2017

Local residents and motorists should beware, and be aware, of princess zombies and Jedi dinosaurs this week. Halloween is the annual holiday when neighbors freely give treats to local trick-or-treaters. Kids can grab a costume, flashlight and bucket or pillowcase for the spookiest night of the year.

Officials advise any household that will distribute candy to turn on their front lights. Houses that are not participating should turn front lights off.

The official trick-or-treating times in local municipalities this year are:

• Bethany Beach — no official time.

• Dagsboro — Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants must be 12 or younger.

• Fenwick Island — no sanctioned time.

• Frankford — Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. (The Frankford Fall Fest will be held Oct. 28 from noon to 4 p.m. at Frankford Town Park, preceded by a costume contest at 10:30 a.m. at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall and an 11:30 a.m. parade to the park.)

• Millsboro — Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants must be 12 or younger and must be in costume. (The Millsboro Police Department will also host Halloween Night Out that night in the grassy lot by Dairy Queen on Main Street, with free activities and candy.)

• Millville — Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

• Ocean View — Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. (Also, the Cops & Goblins festival will be held Oct. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. at John West Park.)

• Selbyville: Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants must be 12 or younger. (The Selbyville Public Library will also host the Haunted Library, free for all.)

• South Bethany — No sanctioned time.

The Delaware Department of Health & Social Services this week offered tips to keep families safe: Children are safest when escorted by a parent or trusted adult, not by themselves. Families should teach children never to go into strangers’ homes or cars.

“In case young children become lost, put a nametag with two phone numbers on their costumes. Children should know their home phone number and how to call 911,” DHSS officials added.

In the dark, children should walk on well-lit sidewalks and driveways, carry a flashlight, wear reflective tape and never assume that vehicles will stop for pedestrians.

Families should discard treats that are unsealed, have holes in the packages, are spoiled or are homemade treats (if made by someone they don’t know and trust). Also, young children are at risk of choking on candy or gum.

Pet owners should also keep a close eye on animals, keeping them away from lit candles, jack-o-lanterns and candy, and from open doors if they are apt to escape or become stressed with all the visitors.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!