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Children stop at a house in the Lakes of Carroll Creek during trick-or-treat hours.

Fear not: Trick-or-treat rules for 2 hours Oct. 31

With Halloween more than a month away, Fort Wayne trick-or-treaters have received their official marching … er, walking orders.

Trick-or-treat hours will be 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, Police Chief Rusty York announced Monday.

Police officials also used the announcement to remind trick-or-treaters to visit only homes with an exterior front light or porch light on, indicating they are welcome.

And as children prepare their costumes they are asked to follow these safety rules:

•Do not wear costumes that obscure vision. Wear reflective clothing or light-colored clothing that is more visible to motorists.

•Travel in groups with of at least one adult, have a pre-planned route and cross streets at the crosswalk.

•Visit familiar homes, and do not enter a stranger’s home.

•Be prepared for bad weather.

•Don’t eat treats before they are inspected by an adult.