Police advise trick-or-treating before 8

The Concord Police Department encourages everyone to celebrate Halloween safely.

Going out before 8 p.m., children are safer and more visible to drivers and others. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk for childhood pedestrian deaths and injuries is higher on Halloween than on all other evenings.

A city spokesman said Halloween is generally accepted to take place today, Oct. 31, and "the city has neither the desire nor the authority to designate what day the community trick-or-treats."

The city gave several reasons to trick-or-treat before 8 p.m.:

Children are safer and more visible to drivers.

Giving out treats before 8 p.m. is safer for residents; turn off your porch light at 8 p.m.

Darkness makes it hard to see other risks, such as animals, slippery leaves, fences or toys left in the yard.

Those who do mischief on Halloween tend to go out later.