Halloween 2017: 5 questions answered about safety, local celebrations

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Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the forecast for some specific cities in the Miami Valley.

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It’s time to put on that spooky costume and take the kids out for a night of trick-or-treating.

Communities across the Miami Valley will celebrate Halloween this year, and local police and community leaders are encouraging residents to be safe during their festivities.

Here’s what you need to know about local trick-or-treating times and rules, the history of Halloween in the Dayton region and how to keep your kids safe tonight:

1. What time will local communities celebrate Halloween?

Most local communities will participate in trick-or-treat from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. However, some communities are starting the festivities at 5:30 p.m. and ending earlier. We've compiled a full list of trick-or-treat times for every community: Take a look.

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2. How can parents keep their kids safe tonight?

Law enforcement and safety experts say parents should plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Keep costumes short enough to prevent tripping or contact with flame or fire, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Make sure masks don't block eyesight and fit properly, and parents should make sure wigs are flame resistant before purchasing them.

If parents want to keep their homes safe for trick-or-treaters, consider using a flashlight or glowstick instead of a candle in your pumpkins and make sure your porch and walkways are visible for visitors.

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3. What costumes are popular this year? 

According to the national 2017 data so far, women superheroes and Disney stars, including Moana and Wonder Woman, are among the top of the list. Other generic character costumes that are popular this year include a pirate, zombie or witch. Here are the 15 most popular Halloween costumes in the country for 2017.

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4. What will Americans spend on Halloween this year? 

Consumers are expected to spend an average of $86.13, up from last year’s $82.93, with 179 million Americans planning to partake in Halloween festivities, up from 171 million in 2016. Only 12.9 percent say their spending will be impacted by the economy, down from 14.1 percent last year and a peak of 32.1 percent in 2011.

Americans spent $8.4 billion last year for the October holiday. Here's what they'll spend all that money on.

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5. What events are happening tonight for adults? 

October has been jam-packed with Halloween parties and events for adults in the Dayton area, and the fun isn't over yet. Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow starts at 8 p.m. tonight. After taking last year off, the tradition continues on the hill behind the Greek Orthodox Church in the historic Grafton Hills neighborhood. The family-friendly event features more than 800 intricately carved jack-o'-lantern. Click here for more ideas of what to do tonight.

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