Calling your local police department, watching the local news, listening to local radio, attending a city council meeting prior to Halloween and speaking with any nearby neighborhood watch members all help you determine the official time window for trick-or-treating in your community. This time frame sometimes changes due to weather conditions, so checking local weather reports the day before Halloween is also useful to get the most up-to-date information.
Trick-or-treat times usually begin as darkness falls, so time frames of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. are fairly common. Some communities start before the sun goes down, at 4 p.m or earlier. Official trick-or-treat times typically last two to three hours.
If you are visiting multiple neighborhoods for trick-or-treating, verify that the times for each area are the same, so you do not accidentally visit a house after hours have ended. The hours are usually consistent each year, but they may fluctuate, so it is important to verify the hours each year. The police department has the most up-to-date information, so call the non-emergency line if you have any questions or concerns about trick-or-treating that you need addressed prior to Halloween. Talk to your neighbors as well to make sure everyone has the same information.