City of Gahanna
200 South Hamilton
Gahanna, OH 43230
(614) 342-4100 Fax
Hours of Operation
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM M-F
Beggars’ Night (Trick-or-Treat) Wednesday, October 31st 6-8 p.m.
|Given the recent bad weather on the East Coast and the concerns of its impacts on Central Ohio, some residents have called to confirm the recommended trick-or-treat date and time in Gahanna. Since there is no longer a heightened concern for public safety due to the weather, the recommended trick-or-treat time is still scheduled to take place Wednesday, October 31, from 6-8 pm.
Some things to consider; A number of people leave work early to help children get ready for Halloween activities. Changing the activity date so close to the scheduled time would cause a hardship for these families. Additionally, Thursday’s weather is supposed to be similar to Wednesday. Historically, many have expressed concerns about weekend Halloween celebrations because fewer people are home, leading to more pedestrian/traffic concerns and increasing the potential for vandalism. Finally, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, which has set the Halloween date for most central Ohio communities since 1993, still suggests Wednesday.
Gahanna follows the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
(MORPC) recommendation for dates associated with Trick-or-Treat in neighboring communities. It is important to remember that Trick-or-Treat is not an official City event.
However, everyone’s safety is our top priority. Here are some safety tips courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone.
- Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
- Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
- Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.
- Limit the amount of treats you eat.
- Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
- Always WALK and don't run from house to house.
- Always test make-up in a small area first.
- Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
- Look both ways before crossing the street.
- Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
- Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
- Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
- Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
- Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
- Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult.
- Only visit well-lit houses.
- Don't stop at dark houses.
- Never accept rides from strangers.
- Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Have a safe Beggars' Night!