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HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
PURCELLVILLE, Va. October 24, 2022 — With Halloween only one week away, the Purcellville Police Department would like to provide their annual Halloween safety tips. Residents please note the unofficial trick or treat time of 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, October 31st.
According Safe Kids Worldwide, on average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year, so we have included a few safety reminders to help ensure everyone has a fun and safe night.
- Parents and children, always walk safely, using sidewalks and crossing at crosswalks when available.
- Drivers, please slow down, especially through neighborhoods, turn on headlights early in the day, and anticipate possible additional pedestrian traffic in the evening.
- Keep costumes safe and creative. Parents make sure costumes are visible either with light colors or reflective tape or stickers, and that children can clearly see out of any masks and/or head coverings. Have kids carry glow sticks and/or flashlights to help them see and be seen by others.
- Only trick or treat at well-lit houses, and remain on porches or front steps rather than entering homes.
- Children under the age of 12 should not trick or treat alone without an adult. If kids are mature enough to be out without adult supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas and trick or treat in groups.
- Always have an adult inspect children’s candy before consumption. Children and parents should be aware that a “candy fee” for inspection is not against the Town of Purcellville Code of Ordinances. J
- Reminder that the Town of Purcellville Code of Ordinance, Sec 46-39 does include a curfew for any minor under the age of 18 that they should not loiter or remain on any street, park or public place in town between the hours of 11:30 p.m. and daylight of the following day, unless accompanied by a parent and/or guardian.
- For adults who will be celebrating on Halloween, or any other night, please remember to do so responsibly; never drink or drive, and always arrange for a sober ride home. The Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) is offering free Lyft rides home on Halloween weekend. Visit www.SoberRide.com for more information.
For those who chose to participate in Halloween activities, we encourage you to make a plan to do so safely.
The Town of Purcellville, Virginia
“Purcellville-your small Town, where history and progress intersect and people prosper,” is an award-winning town of over 10,000 residents located in Loudoun County, approximately 50 miles west of Washington, DC. Having received the prestigious Siemens Sustainability Award for Small Communities, Purcellville continues to be honored for its green initiatives with most recently being the Tree City USA recipient for the 13th year. The Town was reaffirmed as a AAA rated community by S&P Global Ratings, the highest credit rating possible, and is ranked “Safest City” in Virginia in 2020. Once a stop along the W&OD rail line, which has been converted to a multi-use trail from Alexandria, VA to Purcellville, the Town has maintained its historic old-town feel through the restoration and maintenance of its many downtown structures, reflecting the Victorian architecture popular during the early 1900s. Today, Purcellville is the economic hub of western Loudoun County and a popular weekend destination for antiquing, equestrian activities, farmer’s markets, wineries, breweries, distilleries and restaurants. More info at www.purcellvilleva.gov.