For those still wondering about the best time for trick-or-treat rounds this Halloween weekend, a few reminders:
Officials in Washington-area jurisdictions recommend celebrating Halloween on its traditional date, Monday, Oct. 31.
Adults should take note that in Georgetown, the favorite gathering place of Halloween crowds, parking will be banned on Wisconsin Avenue and M Street after 6 p.m. today and tomorrow. Later, police will close both streets to traffic, letting only residents through. Buses will be detoured to other streets.
With the younger set in mind, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and local police agencies have circulated safety tips for children and parents who plan to trick-or-treat Monday night.
The commission stresses the importance of careful examination of all treats before children are allowed to eat them. Children should be warned not to eat any of their treats before they get home. It suggests giving them candy or other treats from home to eat along the way so they are not tempted to dip into the unexamined loot.
Smaller children should be accompanied by an adult or older, responsible child. Children should go only to homes where outside lights are on as a sign of welcome. Children should not enter homes or apartments unless accompanied by an adult.
Those receiving trick-or-treaters should remove any possible obstacles from steps, lawns and porches. Candlelit jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.
Suspect candy or food should be destroyed, not just thrown out, so it cannot be retrieved by pets or children.