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When Is the Best Time to Go Trick-or-Treating?

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Trick-or-treating is an essential part of Halloween for any kid. But depending on their age (and perhaps their parents’ comfort level), they’ll want to either wrap it up before it gets dark or wait until nightfall to hit the streets. Either way, the night requires some planning to ensure the best experience. Take a look at our list of the best times to start your night based on when the sun sets in each part of the U.S.

Information about when the sun sets in each state on Halloween 2022.
Information about where the earliest sunsets are in the United States on Halloween 2022.

To have your kids safe and sound at home before dark, plan to be home by 5:30 if you live in Maine or parts of Arizona. In those areas, sunset will happen before 5:40 p.m. on October 31st this year, which doesn’t leave much time to do all your trick-or-treating—especially if you’re a chaperone working nine-to-five. On the other hand, these might be the perfect places for kids to trick-or-treat if they like to play in the dark without staying out too late.

Information about which states in the United States have the latest sunset times on Halloween 2022.

Georgia, Kentucky, and Indiana will have more wiggle room this year for those looking to collect their goodies during daylight hours. Kids in these areas can stay out until nearly 7:00 p.m. before it starts getting dark. But that might be good news for trick-or-treaters who prefer to have dinner before they go spoiling their appetites with candy.

Whenever you decide to venture out in costume with your candy basket, make the most of the evening with plenty of fun, festive activities to keep everyone safe and smiling (even if they have to be home before six).

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Vivint collected sunset data from the Almanac to help parents decide when their children should start trick-or-treating this year.

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