Another Halloween is upon us as young Reading residents get ready to head out into the streets for Trick-or-Treating.
Here is all the information you’ll need for a fun and safe Halloween in Reading.
When is Trick-or-Treating?
For those new to Reading, you should know that there is no specific time for Trick-or-Treating in Reading. Though some towns have specific times, Reading lets parents decide when to go out with their children. However, around 6 p.m. is the peak time for Trick-of-Treating.
Drivers should be especially careful at that time.
Where to Trick-or-Treat
If you don't have a safe neighborhood for Trick-or-Treating, there are plenty of great options in Reading. Check out where your neighbors suggested as the best neighborhoods to spend Halloween night going door to door with your family.
The weather forecast is not great. Rain may be as much a part of Halloween this year as ghosts and goblins. The temperature during the peak Trick-or-Treating time will be about 60 degrees with showers and wind possible.
Bring your umbrella just in case.
Also, there are plenty of leaves on the ground so be careful when walking around on Halloween evening if it rains.
This year Blinky, the glowing, talking pumpkin will once again be greeting Trick-or-Treaters at 17 Balsam Road. The pumpkin isn't just a store-bought decoration. It interacts with each child who comes to the home.
This month will mark a milestone Halloween for the pumpkin, as it will be the 55th year the Tyminski family has organized the interactive decoration, according to an email from a Patch reader.
What to do with all that candy
Where to shop for last-minute Halloween items
If you’re looking for a last-minute costume, you're in luck near Reading. There is community staple Joker’s Wild and newcomer Spirit of Halloween for your Halloween needs just over the border in North Reading.
Non-Halloween-specific stores like CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Stop & Shop also have a smaller selection of Halloween items and plenty of candy.
Several police departments in conjunction with AAA have provided the community with the following safety tips for a fun filled Halloween.
SEE AND BE SEEN
- Be bright on Halloween night! Carry a flashlight
- Use reflective tape or stickers on your costume or treat bags
- Masks can block your vision. Use non – toxic face paint instead
- Costumes and shoes should fit well to prevent trips and falls
- Costume accessories should be soft and flexible, not sharp and pointy
- Look all ways and listen for traffic before crossing
- Cross at corners, not between parked cars
- If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic
- Walk, don’t run
- Use caution when crossing driveways
- Obey traffic signals
- Go with a group and bring a trusted adult
Let's not forget our furry friends. Here are Halloween safety tips to keep pets safe by the ASPCA.
Reading Patch hopes you enjoy your Halloween. Here's hoping for a day of treats. Be safe.