The city of Salisbury is gearing up for a memorable, safe Halloween for 2021.
Trick-or-treat times within city limits are 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.
In response to the increased volume of foot traffic in the city on Halloween night, city police and fire officials will maintain an increased presence, with a focus on ensuring the safety of pedestrians walking in dimly-lit areas.
If trick-or-treating isn’t your speed, check out one of these safe, family-friendly options for October fun:
Treat Street is a free event that provides an alternative to going door-to-door on Halloween. Participation in this event is limited to children ages 11 and younger. To participate, children must wear a costume, bring their own trick-or-treat bag, and be accompanied by an adult. To ensure that the grown-ups don’t miss out, parents/adults are also welcome to dress up in any costume that is appropriate for young children.
This is a free event; however, to ensure that everyone takes only their fair share, participants must register on-site to participate. Non-candy treats will be provided to children with food allergies. To receive only non-candy treats, parents must request a non-candy badge at registration.
Salisbury Zoo’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Happening, Saturday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to noon, Salisbury Zoo.
This Halloween event is geared for children 10 and under who may not want the scary parts of a Halloween event, however all ages are welcome. Children will trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo, participate in Halloween games, enjoy a hay bale maze, and have the opportunity to compete in a costume contest. There will be additional charge for food and some games. Remember to bring your candy buckets. For more information call 410-546- 3440. Tickets will go on sale September 20 in the Ocelot Spot Gift Shop between 10am and 3:30pm or can be purchased at the gate on the date of the event.
The Mudhud Clay Art Studio’s Halloween Block Party, Saturday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. to midnight, The Mudhud, 229 West Main St.
Join the Mudhud for a costume contest with prizes, activities, complimentary candy, and refreshments. Featuring music by DJ Stash, and 20 percent off Paint Your Own Pottery.
Safety comes first
Halloween is fun for ghosts, goblins, and people of all ages — but the most important thing on Halloween is the safety of your family. Mayor Jake Day and the Salisbury Police Department have a few tips to ensure that this Halloween is a memorable and SAFE evening for everyone:
Motorists: If you drive in or around Salisbury on the night of the 31st, please be alert and on the lookout for the additional pedestrians that trick-or-treating brings to the streets. Please make an extra effort to drive safely near pedestrians and watch for people running from house-to-house in neighborhoods. If you remember one thing, let it be this: Slow down.
Pedestrians: If you plan on trick-or-treating this year, please watch for cars, and make sure to cross streets at designated crosswalks when they are available. Stay on the sidewalk whenever there is one available. Also, please make sure that your group is wearing bright or reflective clothing, and at least one grown-up is carrying a flashlight or other light source. If possible, provide your child with an LED pin, glow stick or other luminescent product to make them more visible.
When trick-or-treating, never enter a stranger’s house, and never accept a ride from anyone without your parents’ permission. Only accept unopened, store-bought treats, and inspect all of your treats in a well-lit area at home before eating them.
To minimize the risk of exposure to Covid-19, citizens are urged to follow previously established public safety guidelines.