Halloween is upon us and people often wonder what the exact times are for trick or treating. Many communities now have events like “trunk or treat” on the weekends before Halloween, which provides a safe area for collecting candy and celebrating the holiday. However, trick or treating on Halloween night is still a big deal in areas across the country. Generally, trick or treating hours range from 3 – 8 p.m. local time, but you may get some stragglers coming early or a little later than that. If you are headed out to collect some candy, it’s generally frowned upon to knock on people’s doors after 8 p.m., so be sure to call it quits at a reasonable hour. And, for those at home, if you are closing up shop at a certain time, just turn out your porch or outside lights as a signal that you are done passing out candy. Some areas have actual hours and curfews for Halloween night, so it’s important to check with your local administration building, schools or police station if you are in a more strict county. Here’s a list of some big cities throughout the United States, along with locations for trick or treating in each of the areas, hours and other details.
Atlanta, Georgia: AJC reports that general hours for trick-or-treating run from 4 – 9 p.m. local time. If you live in the Atlanta area, you can click here for previous trick or treat times to double check on when may be a good time to venture out for candy. In addition, Event Brite has a list of trick-or-treating events in the area and many of them are free. 13WMAZ also has a list of times for trick-or-treating throughout central Georgia.
Boston, Massachusetts: FOX 25 Boston reports a ton of times for locations in Massachusetts throughout the state for an idea of when to go trick or treating this year. Click here to check out the list. Halloween New England lists events for the holiday, including trick-or-treating times as well. WHDH also has a list of towns in the area, with specific hours to trick or treat on Halloween night.
Chicago, Illinois: Chicago has a wide range of different times for trick-or-treating. On Halloween, hours were previously reported for trick-or-treating as being from 3 – 7 p.m. in Clarendon Hills, La Grange, Oak Brook and Willowbrook, according to the Chicago Tribune. The town of Northbrook previously had trick or treat hours of 4-8 p.m., so every area can vary in their official times. Be sure to check with your individual town. Or, to play it safe, you could take the average of these times and just go out from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. … whatever makes you feel the most safe and comfortable. The DeKalb Police Department has also issued a list of safety tips for trick or treating. Click here to check it out.
Columbus, Ohio: For Columbus and Central Ohio, there is a huge list of towns and times via Mission To Save. 10TV also has a list of hours for trick-or-treating across Columbus and their list was last updated on October 24, 2017. The earliest time listed is 4 p.m. and the latest end time is listed as 8 p.m. But, there are some areas who chose to carry out trick or treating over the weekend and do not have times listed for actual Halloween night. So, make sure you double check.
Dallas, Texas: If you are in the Dallas or Fort Worth area, Autos of Dallas states: Typically, homes that hand out goodies should expect kids to knock around sundown, which will be around 6:40 p.m. in Dallas. A few hours later – around 9 p.m. – is when most of the festivities will die down, and it should be completely finished by 9:30 p.m. Event Brite has a list of trick or treating events in the Dallas area for Halloween night, along with a couple nights after, so click here to check them out. A few of the events include “trunk or treat” festivities as well.
Denver, Colorado: Colorado trick-or-treating times can differ, but an old article in the Gazette has a good rule of thumb for trick-or-treaters. A Colorado Springs city spokeswoman named Sue Skiffington-Blumberg stated: There are no real set times. Traditionally, trick-or-treating has started at dusk … The signal people use to welcome trick-or-treaters is to have their porch lights on. It generally ends around 8 or 9 p.m. If you are in the Denver, Colorado area, The Denver Channel has listed the following neighborhoods as the best areas for trick-or-treating: Hilltop, Whittier, Country Club, Westwood and Cory-Merrill.
Honolulu, Hawaii: For those in Honolulu, Honolulu Family has listed trick-or-treating and Halloween events that are going on for the holiday. For events on October 31st, Honolulu Family has a detailed list of the best spots for trick-or-treating and they include the Ala Moana Center, Mililani Shopping Center, Pearlridge Center, Ka Makana Ali‘i, Kāne‘ohe Bay Shopping Center, Ward Village, Ho‘okele Elementary School, International Marketplace, Kāhala Mall, Kapolei Marketplace, Kapolei Shopping Center, Koko Marina Center, Mililani Public Library, Royal Hawaiian Center, Town Center of Mililani, Wai‘anae Public Library, and Windward Mall. Most of the event times range from 5 – 7 p.m.
Juneau, Alaska: Juneau Empire has reported that over 50 businesses will open their doors to trick-or-treaters in the downtown area. On October 31st, from 2 – 6 p.m. various establishments that run along Seward Street, Front Street and Franklin Street will participate. Click here to check out all the participating stores and locations. Juneau/Lynn Canal CHARR and some cabs will even provide free rides home for patrons.
Los Angeles, California: See California has a list of Halloween parties and trick-or-treating events on their website, which you can check out by clicking here. It covers events all over the state. If you are looking in the Los Angeles area, Red Tricycle has a list of the “best” and safest neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. When it comes to exact hours, however, it’s best to check with your individual town. But, you can probably start expecting kids from when school lets out, around 3 p.m. until between 8 and 9 p.m. on Halloween night. There are also trick-or-treating events that run all over the state. Check with your local schools, churches and administration buildings for information.
Madison, Wisconsin: For a full list of trick-or-treating times throughout the state, click here on Haunted Wisconsin. Cities, towns and villages are all listed and the site continues to be updated. Dates and times are listed for each. According to The Wisconsin State Journal, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections is taking extra action to ensure that trick-or-treaters have a safe experience this year. While registered sex offenders are not allowed to participate in trick-or-treating of any kind, there will also be random home checks going on, in order to make sure that the rules are enforced. Registered sex offenders are not allowed to even have Halloween decorations up on their home.
Miami, Florida: Event Brite has a list of events going on in the Miami, Florida area for trick-or-treating and you can click here to take a look at what’s available. A couple events include Halloween on Lincoln Road on October 31st at 5 p.m. and Dolphin Mall’s Spooktacular Halloween from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. on October 31st. In addition, Miami Scapes reports that Sunset Drive (SW 72nd Street) Between US 1 and Red Road (57th Avenue) will have Safe Streets Halloween Trick or Treating on Halloween night from 5 – 7 p.m.
Nashville, Tennessee: If you are looking in the Nashville area, Nashville Fun for Families has a list of events for Halloween celebrations. Visit Music City reports one event going on Halloween night at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, which is called Goblins in the Garden. Kids can explore the “trick or treat trail” from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. If you are looking to conduct door-to-door trick-or-treating, you should check with your local police station for guidelines, restrictions and hours.
New York City, New York: If you live in New York City, Mommy Poppins lists all the best areas for trick-or-treating as well as some of the times that different block associations have designated for trick-or-treating. For those in the area who wish to attend the annual Village Halloween Parade, Time Out reports that this year’s parade begins at 7 and ends at 11 p.m. ET. The Grand Marshal of the parade this year is recording artist Angelica and Cabinet of Curiosities: An Imaginary Menagerie is this year’s theme. For those trick-or-treating, the West Village and the Upper West Side are recommended as good areas.
Orlando, Florida: If you are in the Orlando area, you can check out the best Halloween and trick-or-treating events via Fun4OrlandoKids. Orlando FL Connections also has a list of the “best places” to trick or treat in the Orlando area. Click here to read more. You can also check Event Brite for Halloween trick or treating events going on in the area. According to Visit Orlando, trick-or-treating events going on Halloween night include Hollow Eye at I-Drive 360, The Florida Mall’s Boo Bash, Spooky Hollow in Sanford, and Trick-or-Treat at Waterford Lakes Town Center. There are also major Halloween events going on at all the theme parks in the Orlando area.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: According to Penn Live, trick-or-treating will be held from 6 – 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Check out the dates and towns for trick-or-treating throughout Pennsylvania, separated by county when you click here. Mommy Poppins has a list of the best hot spots for trick-or-treating in the Philly area. Locations great for trick-or-treating include South 13th Street in East Passyunk, Fairmount, Society Hill, Graduate Hospital, Southwest Center City, Fishtown, Chestnut Hill, Roxborough, Manayunk, Drexel Hill, Levittown, West Chester, and Crestmont Farms.
For more details on trick or treating hours in your area, click here for information on every state in the U.S. If your area is not listed above, be sure to check it out. And, for those venturing out on Halloween night, be careful of towns enforcing bans on trick-or-treaters over a certain age. There are towns throughout the United States that ban trick-or-treaters over 16 years old, while others have put a ban on trick-or-treaters over 12 years old. WLTX recently reported that Apex, North Carolina has two town ordinances in regards to Halloween night. No one over the age of 12 years old can participate in trick-or-treating and trick-or-treating cannot be carried out after 9 p.m. Check with your local community for any restrictions when it comes to collecting candy on Halloween.