Every holiday has its "thing" that separates it from the others. For example, the 4th of July has fireworks, Thanksgiving has turkey, and Christmas has presents. What does Halloween have? In my opinion, it's candy (a.k.a. "treats). Other than the types of costumes the kids wear, the tradition of trick-or-treating hasn't changed much, if at all. You dress up as your favorite character, grab a bucket, and go door-to-door to collect as much candy as people are willing to give. The toughest part is trying to figure out the best time to go. While the City of Evansville doesn't list a specific time when you can, the Evansville Police Department is suggesting a specific time frame they believe will give you the best chance to do it safely.

A Centuries-Old Tradition

According to National Geographic, the tradition of trick-or-treating on Halloween has its roots in Celtic traditions dating all the way back to the 16th Century and may have evolved from a Christmas tradition that was popular in the 18th and 19th Centuries in parts of the eastern United States and Canada.

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Evansville Police Recommend Specific Time Frame for Safe Trick-or-Treating

Trick-or-treating today is still enjoyed by millions of kids across the country and keeping them safe while they do it is a top priority for us parents. In a post on its Facebook page last week, the Evansville Police Department recommends letting the kids go and collect candy between the hours of 5:00 and 8:00 PM.

They also offered several other tips to keep your kids safe including, making sure kids old enough to trick-or-treat alone stay in a group of 3 or more and have a specific check-in time, only going up to homes that have both the outside and inside lights on, and only walking up to the front entrance.

You can read through their other safety suggestions in the post below. Have fun!

[Source: Evansville Police Department on Facebook]

LOOK: How Halloween has changed in the past 100 years

Stacker compiled a list of ways that Halloween has changed over the last 100 years, from how we celebrate it on the day to the costumes we wear trick-or-treating. We’ve included events, inventions, and trends that changed the ways that Halloween was celebrated over time. Many of these traditions were phased out over time. But just like fake blood in a carpet, every bit of Halloween’s history left an impression we can see traces of today.

Gallery Credit: Brit McGinnis

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