Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements

Posted on: October 26, 2017

Halloween to be observed on Tuesday, Oct. 31

Halloween Jack O'Lanterns

Halloween trick-or-treating in Danville will be observed on Tuesday, Oct. 31. With that date fast approaching, the Danville Police Department urges citizens to prepare for the activity so that children enjoy the boo, and avoid the boo-boos.

To assist in making the night a success for the entire family, the department’s crime prevention unit provides online information dedicated to Halloween safety.

The information includes advice on carving pumpkins, costumes, trick-or-treating and candy. It also gives tips for motorists and homeowners.

Examples of the advice offered include the following:

• Carving safety: Use markers and let young children draw faces on pumpkins with washable markers. Leave the carving to an adult.
• Costume safety: Wear light colored clothing that is short enough to prevent tripping and add reflective tape to the front, back, and sides of the costume.
• Trick-or-treating safety: Stay within the neighborhood you are familiar with, and only visit the homes of people you know.
• Candy safety: Parents or guardians: please examine all candy before allowing children to eat it.
• Motorists: Be aware of children darting out between parked automobiles. Popular trick-or-treating hours are from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., so motorists are urged to be especially alert for kids during these hours.

Links are provided to other websites offering Halloween safety guidance, including advice on keeping your pets safe.

The city observes Halloween each year on Oct. 31, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls.

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