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What time is trick-or-treating?

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Thousands of Piedmont children will hit the streets on Thursday to knock on doors and gather as much candy as humanly possible. But, when does trick-or-treating officially begin and end?

High Point, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Lexington, Burlington, Thomasville and most large Piedmont cities do not regulate when trick-or-treating officially starts and ends. All cities said trick-or-treating will be held on Thursday night.

Traditionally, neighborhood trick-or-treating beings at 6 p.m. and ends around 8 p.m. when Halloween falls on a weekday. However, the infamous “porch light rule” is likely the best way to signal the end of trick-or-treating at your house.

If you’re planning on trick-or-treating on Thursday, be sure to head out early. There’s a slight chance of showers late Thursday.

If you’re still looking for something to do on Thursday night, check our events map. And most importantly, upload your Halloween photos to our photo gallery or add #myfox8 to your photo on Instagram and Facebook.

Here are 5 tips for staying safe on Thursday night:

1. Have each child carry or wear something lit, such as a flashlight, to make them clearly visible past sunset on Thursday.

2. Adults should plan out a route in advance and check it during the daylight. It’s also recommended to trick-or-treat in neighborhoods you are familiar with.

3. Eat dinner before trick-or-treating. This will avoid a stomach ache. :)

4. Inspect your candy.

5. Bring at least one bottle of water per child.

Bonus tip from the comments (Thanks Faith!): “Bring wet wipes to clean the chocolate hands and faces.”


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