Fort Wayne will not change trick-or-treat hours

File photo - Halloween pumpkins
File photo - Halloween pumpkins

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The City of Fort Wayne will not change the officials trick-or-treat hours for Halloween.

Despite forecasts calling for gusty winds, rain, and possible strong thunderstorms, the city still plans to hold trick-or-treat on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

City police spokesperson Officer Michael Joyner confirmed the information to NewsChannel 15 late Tuesday evening.

Mayor Henry and Police Chief Rusty York then released a joint statement on Wednesday saying, “Though we received some inquiries into the rescheduling of ‘Trick-or-Treating’ due to the weather forecast, it was decided that because of several area events already scheduled for Friday evening, the move would create a burden for many families.”

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Several central Indiana communities moved trick-or-treat to Friday to avoid the inclement weather. The southern Indiana town of Clarksville moved trick-or-treat up to Wednesday.

While the potential for severe weather is greater in the southern part of the state, there is a high potential northeast Indiana will experience heavy rain – with some gusty thunderstorms possible.  Wind gusts have the potential to reach up to around 40-50 miles-per-hour on Thursday, including for the evening trick-or-treat hours.

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This weather system will move out overnight Thursday into Friday morning.  Some light right rain may still linger on Friday, but the bulk of the accumulation will be over.

Check out the full list of trick or treat hours by county.

A release from Fort Wayne Police included the following safety tips police urge families to follow on Halloween:

  • Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home.
  • Trick-or-treaters should eat a snack before heading out, so they won’t be tempted to nibble on treats that haven’t been inspected.
  • Tell children not to accept—or eat—anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
  • Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.
  • Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers.
  • Costume Safety:
    • Make sure it fits. Do a Halloween Runway Show with your kids – or even yourself – to make sure the costume offers full mobility and trim as needed
    •   “Seeing” works both ways. While we’re on the subject of fitting the costume, consider how well the child can see inside the mask. Sometimes, a couple snips can clear out a larger range of vision. Consider how well your child can be seen at night in their costume. Make sure your child can be seen by motorists, haunted house owners, and other Trick-or-Treaters after dark.
    • Consider the footwear. Many kids have been forced to turn back for home with far less than the annual candy quota because of pain or because they have tripped or fallen in their Halloween costume shoes.


  • Anticipate adverse weather conditions.

Final Thoughts:

  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats unless you know the cook well.
  • Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Otherwise, stay outside.
  • Carry a cell phone
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