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The Wilmington Fire Department and the New Hanover County Fire Rescue are inviting families and trick-or-treaters to their stations on Halloween.

From 5:30 to 8 p.m., fire personnel at stations around the city and county will be handing out candy to children. Fire safety and other informational tips will also be given out to adults and kids alike, and some places will even have fire truck displays and station tours.

Visitors are advised that all units will still be in service, and that a station may have to be vacated if necessary. For a map of fire stations in the city of Wilmington, click here. For a list of fire stations in New Hanover County, click here.

While there are no set times that communities have for children to be out trick-or-treating, the Wilmington Police Department recommends that 5 to 8 p.m. would be the best time to go. Law enforcement agencies have also been posting tips for Halloween safety for both motorists, pedestrians and candy givers on their social media feeds.

These include:

  • Use a flashlight or carry a glow stick when trick-or-treating
  • Drive slowly in areas where children are trick-or-treating
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods
  • Only approach homes with porch lights on
  • Don’t take short cuts, especially through alleys
  • Obey all traffic signals
  • Keep pets away from children
  • Be extra careful when exiting and entering driveways