The official trick-or-treat hours in Zionsville are 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

For those participating in Halloween festivities, Zionsville Fire Department has offered the following safety tips:

• When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see through it.

• Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costumes.

• Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.

• Use a battery-operated candle or glow-stick in jack-o-lanterns. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.

• Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.

• Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working.

• Tell children to stay away from open flames including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. Have them practice: stop immediately, drop to the ground, cover face with hands and roll over and over to put the flames out.

Other Halloween celebrations throughout Zionsville include:

• Oct. 25 from 5:30-7 p.m.: Annual Boone Village Halloween Party

• Oct. 27 from 1-3 p.m.: Trick or Trees at Zion Nature Center

• Oct. 28 from 2-5 p.m.: Pumpkins and Hayrides at Lions Park

• Oct. 30 from 6-7 p.m.: Halloween Dog Walk at Zion Nature Center

• Nov. 5 from 4-6 p.m.: Martine Dentistry’s 9th annual Operation Gratitude’s Candy Buy Back

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