On October 13th, Indianapolis announced that trick-or-treat hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2021. This has been standard for the past several years, as has the increase in police patrolling neighborhoods on Halloween night. The press release cites this routine increase as a measure to “protect the safety of residents during Halloween festivities.” The announcement added that all 43 Indianapolis Fire Department locations will be passing out candy.
“It’s an annual event that we do at all forty fire stations. We get quite a few kids and we love doing it,” Rita Reight, the Battalion Chief and Public Information Officer at the Indianapolis Fire Department said.
Also included in the press release, the Mayor’s office included a list of safety tips for those trick-or-treating:
- Wear light-colored clothes that are short enough to prevent tripping
- Wear fire-resistant costumes
- Make sure children can easily see through [full] face masks
- Don’t wear masks or disguises into businesses
- Adults should accompany young children and children with special needs
- Go out in daylight hours, if possible, or carry a flashlight if you’ll be out after dark
- Motorists should slow down and be aware of their surroundings
- Only give and accept wrapped or packaged treats
- Avoid props like guns, which can look real
- Consider block parties instead of trick-or-treating
- Check the weather and have appropriate dress under costumes in the event of cold temperatures
- Follow CDC COVID-19 guidelines, including wearing masks indoors and practicing social distancing from people outside of your household
Cities around Indianapolis also announced their trick-or-treating hours, and some cities have additional Halloween events.
Avon’s hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Avon Town Hall and Avon Police Department will be passing out candy during these hours as well. Kingsway Christian Church in Avon is hosting a trunk-or-treat event from 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 30.
Brownsburg will be hosting their trick-or-treat hours from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Sara Bearman, a Brownsburg mother, said the hours are about right for parents and children, but that for most parents who get off at 5 p.m., the hours may barely give them enough time to get kids intot their costumes.
“If they pushed it back to like 7 to 10 [p.m.], it would be too late for the young kids since they have school the next day. Most kids live in neighborhoods, three hours is enough time in neighborhoods to get a lot of candy,” Bearman said.
Brownsburg will also be hosting their Trail & Treat in Williams Park. Per the Brownsburg Parks website, families can trick-or-treat around the park starting at 5 p.m. Oct. 30 and can stay for the ‘Boo-vie’ “Hocus Pocus” starting at 6 p.m.
Carmel’s trick-or-treat is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. with no additional community events.
Greenwood scheduled trick-or-treat for 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
“I feel like that’s a good time, but they could make it longer, and they could make it start at like 5:30,” Greenwood mother Chelsea Bright said. “I’m not concerned [for] their safety when they’re trick-or-treating in this neighborhood or the ones it’s connected to.”
On Oct. 30, Greenwood’s Parks and Recreation Department is also hosting the annual Halloween Parade downtown at 5 p.m. According to the City of Greenwood website, guests are highly encouraged to wear their costumes when they gather to watch the parade, where there will be even more trick-or-treating opportunities.
Lebanon is encouraging trick-or-treaters to be out from 6 to 9 p.m. Lebanon is also hosting Mischief on Meridian from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 30. The event’s Facebook page says the event will include a trunk-or-treat, the Halloween Train, a costume contest, some “spooky creatures,” and even some entertainment.
Speedway’s trick-or-treat hours are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m.