The city of Buffalo released a short list of guidelines for residents handing out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween, including a suggested cut-off time.
In the letter signed by Mayor Byron Brown, residents are asked to stop handing out candy after 8 p.m. Friday "to minimize the safety risks that occur when older kids go door-to-door until late at night."
While it might seem counterintuitive, leave the lights on in your home, even if you're not handing out candy, Brown suggests. Turning off the lights and pretending not to be home is "an open invitation for vandalism and mischief." Instead, post a sign -- like the one below, provided by the city -- indicating you're out of candy or unable to hand out Halloween treats.
Lastly, Brown asks adults to supervise little ghosts and witches begging for candy. Residents are asked to call 911 if they observe suspicious activity.