Local and state news outlets and newspapers in Ohio usually post trick-or-treat time constraints on a county-by-county basis within the few days or weeks preceding Halloween. Stations such as WKYC or WBNS and papers such as the Columbus Dispatch also have archived articles from past years available on the Internet so that parents can check the trick-or-treat times from past years if they are trying to plan ahead.
Larger communities and cities in Ohio often have sanctioned trick-or-treat times that are scheduled before Halloween itself. For example, Akron traditionally cites Oct. 25 as the ideal time for trick-or-treating within its city limits, while Cleveland typically opts for the 27th of the month. Still, most communities in Ohio suggest that trick-or-treaters go door to door for candy on the 30th or 31st of October between approximately 5 and 8 o'clock, depending on the town.
Trick-or-treat times set by towns and cities rarely exceed two hours, and have averaged about an hour and a half, traditionally. If an Ohioan does not have the ability to access the Internet, she can try calling or emailing her local news station or town hall for more information about local Halloween regulations and proper trick-or-treat behavior.