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Halloween Trick or Treat Times in Williamsburg-James City County –Hampton Roads VA 2009

halloween williamsburg va Sad to say I don’t remember having Halloween “Rules” when I grew up. We always trick or treated until neighbors turned their lights off. With that said here are the “Rules for Halloween around the area.

The information is for trick-or-treating on October 31st, 2009 is below:

Trick-or-Treat (hours by city)
Chesapeake, Yorktown, Suffolk, Williamsburg/James City County, Virginia
Official trick-or-treat time in all cities is 6-8p. All children should be off the street by 8p. Trick-or-Treating is reserved for children aged 12 and under.

Portsmouth, Hampton, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Official trick-or-treat time in all cities is Dusk to 8p. All children should be off the street by 8p. Trick-or-Treating is reserved for children aged 12 and under.

Newport News, Virginia
Official trick-or-treat time is 5-8p. All children should be off the street by 8p. Trick-or-Treating is reserved for children aged 12 and under.

Here are tips to follow  for a safe Halloween night:


Costumes should be easy to walk in and short enough to avoid tripping.  They should be made out of non-flammable material and easy to see in the dark. Reflective tape sewn onto the costume works well.

  • Makeup should be worn instead of a mask. Makeup helps trick-or-treaters see and breathe easily. If masks are worn, they should be taken off before crossing a street.
  • Trick-or-treaters should plan their route ahead of time, picking streets that are in familiar neighborhoods and well lit.
  • Young children should never trick-or-treat without an adult or older sibling. Older children who trick-or-treat without an adult should do so in a group with the route and return time approved by the caretaker.  A flashlight or glow stick should be carried to light the way and to be more visible to cars. Only go to homes with the porch light on.
  • Trick-or-treaters should cross only at corners, never between parked cars or in the middle of the block.  When possible, they should stay on the sidewalk.  If there isn’t a sidewalk, they should stay as far left of the roadway as possible and walk facing traffic.  When approaching a house, they should watch for candles in Jack-O-Lanterns or other decorations that may catch clothes on fire.
  • Trick-or-treaters should never go into the home of a stranger, even if they are invited in.
  • Candy should not be eaten until after it has been checked out by an adult.   Treats not in their original packaging should be thrown away. Any suspicious candy should be reported to the Police Department as soon as possible.

5 Responses

  1. I think this was a very informative article. I also agree that growing up as a kid we did not have such “rules” as imposed by the Cities/Counties/State of VA. As a kid I can remember going out the night before Halloween to start trick-or-treating. I also remember many adults including my parents dressing up and going trick-or-treating. I grew up in upstate NY, then later moved to Long Island NY. I think it is ridiculous to impose hours and age limits on Halloween. VA always seems to suck the fun out of all the holidays. If I did not have to live here because of my current job I would not. !! Maybe you could do a poll to see what citizens really want and quit letting the few that have complaints dictate to all what the rules should be. Have a happy and safe Halloween.

  2. I completely agree with Mrs. Ripley. When I was younger we would go trick or treating and then back home, change costumes and go again! It was awsome! And the people in the neighborhood new that all the kids did it and thought it was funny. As long as they had candy left, they would give it out and when they ran out, they shut out their lights.

  3. i grew up in fl nad as far as i can remember there was no age limit or time…thanks so much for the info….its nice to know….. 🙂

  4. I am a mother of 2 and there are 11 years between them so I have been doing this halloween thing awhile. I agree with the age limit and the other rules, I do hope that the police will be out on the streets and more visible as well.

  5. I think the time restriction is silly. When I was growing up in Virginia there were no laws about Halloween and as I remember it we started trick or treating as soon as it got dark, cause that was in the spirit of the holiday. Now restricting kids to two hours of fun is just wrong. Ill give out candy up to the witching hour as long as I keep getting little ghouls and goblins coming to my house.

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