So, when do kids Trick-or-Treat in Manchester this year? Glad you asked

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Monday Oct. 31 is free candy day in Manchester. Shop accordingly.
Monday Oct. 31 is free candy day in Manchester. Shop accordingly.

Editor’s note: Looking for 2017 info? Click here.

MANCHESTER, NH – Halloween Trick-or-Treating in the Queen City is set for Monday October 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. The date and time is established by Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard, who is continuing the “new” old tradition of having the door-to-door ritual on actual Halloween in the evening hours.

Residents should be prepared to receive candy-gatherers between those hours. If you are not participating, a good practice is to not turn on your outdoor lights.

Parents should accompany children to make sure they safely move through the neighborhood while respecting neighbors’ properties.

Intown Manchester's Zombie Walk 2015 was a blast.
Intown Manchester’s Zombie Walk 2015 was a blast.

If you’re looking for weekend alternatives for the family:

If your Halloween candy booty bag is too full, you can also opt to donate to Operation Gratitude, which sends Halloween candy to our troops. You can drop off locally at the following location (or find other locations near you here):

HCGB Participant: Dr. Praveen Mandera
Office Number: (603) 625-1877

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following safety tips for Halloween.

  • Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
  • Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
  • Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
  • Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
  • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

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Carol Robidoux

PublisherManchester Ink Link

Longtime NH journalist and publisher of Loves R&B, German beer, and the Queen City!