When a lot of us were growing up, trick-or-treating was always on Halloween, and always after-dark.
But many communities now celebrate the holiday on different nights, depending on the weather, or the day of the week that Halloween falls on. And the start time seems to be shifting closer to daylight hours.
A reader recently asked the obvious question: what time and date is Trick or Treating in Northborough?
The answer: it's on Halloween, which this year falls on Wednesday, Oct. 31. And if you're like many parents of small children, you'll start them out about 6 p.m. And if you're like most, you'll wrap it up by 8 p.m.
But there are technically no set hours in Northborough
The police department suggests that:
1. Adults accompany children.
2. Costumes not hinder vision.
3. Reflectorized or light color clothing is advised.
4. Flashlights are a must!
5. Know where you’re going.
6. Never accept unwrapped candy.
7. Parents should inspect all goodies before children partake.
8. Discuss road safety with children, particularly about running across streets.
"Every year we have extra patrols on duty that night," said Police Chief Mark Leahy.