For goblins, princesses and superheroes, Halloween is one of the best nights of the year. But before your angels load up their pillowcases, it is important to think about trick-or-treating safety tips. Here are just a few steps you can take to help make sure your kids have a happy and safe Halloween.
- Make sure your kids do not trick-or-treat alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
- It is a good idea to fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
- Don’t run from house to house – walk – and wear comfortable shoes.
- Stick to houses that are well-lit. Residents who aren’t participating in trick-or-treating often leave off their lights as a sign.
- Check your child’s candy and avoid homemade treats by strangers.
- Plan a route in advance, try and stick to familiar areas and neighborhoods.
- If you want to make sure that the doors your kids are knocking on are safe, you can check Illinois Sex Offender Registration by visiting the official Illinois State Police Website.
- Dress warm! Leave extra room for layers underneath costumes. Friday’s forecast looks chilly!
- Help protect trick-or-treaters and be especially careful while driving on Friday. That stopped vehicle might be dropping off or picking up kids.
By spending a few minutes talking with your kids about Halloween safety, simple precautions can make it a fun and safe night for kids of all ages.
Also, keep in mind that some communities have put special hours in place for trick or treating and the hours vary by area. Here’s a look at official trick-or-treat hours in our communities.
Halloween trick-or-treat hours for Franklin Park, Rosemont, and Schiller Park are 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. Official Niles and Park Ridge trick-or-treat hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. while Harwood Heightsand Norridge have an 8 p.m. curfew set on Halloween. Chicago and Des Plaines do not have set trick-or-treat hours on Halloween.
Please feel free to share this information with family, friends, and neighbors. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my office at (773) 444-0611. Thank you for the honor of serving you in the Illinois House of Representatives.
Michael P. McAuliffe