Local Communities Set Trick-or-Treat Hours
Make sure Halloween is a treat, not a trick this year by heeding these bits of advice.
It’s almost time for little ghosts and goblins — not to mention princesses, astronauts and this year’s celebrity lookalikes — to hit the streets in search of candy.
Halloween is Monday, Oct. 31, and area municipalities have set the following trick-or-treating hours:
- Bolingbrook: 4 to 7 p.m.
- Crest Hill: 3:30 to 6 p.m.
- Joliet 3:30 to 6 p.m.
- Lemont: 3 to 6:30 p.m.
- Lockport: 4 to 7 p.m.
- Plainfield: 4 to 7 p.m.
- Romeoville: 4 to 7 p.m.
- Will County (unincorporated areas) 3:30 to 6 p.m.
And while it’s not quite time to set the clocks back, it is getting dark earlier and earlier, so it’s important for kids and adults alike to remember the following Halloween safety tips, courtesy of Silver Cross Hospital and the Village of Bolingbrook:
- Children should be accompanied by an adult or responsible teenager when they go door-to-door.
- Adults should make sure children’s costumes fit and are flame resistant, and any masks, hats or makeup aren’t hindering kids’ ability to see clearly.
- Skip the masks entirely for the youngest trick-or-treaters, and use makeup instead where possible. Loose-fitting masks can restrict breathing and obscure vision.
- Children should trick-or-treat in their own neighborhoods or areas they know well.
- If kids are out after dark, they should carry a flashlight.
- Children should walk on the sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, kids should walk on the left side of the street, facing any cars.
- Parents should know which friends their trick-or-treaters will be with, and what route they are taking.
- Homeowners should leave a porch light on so kids know it’s OK to visit.
- Avoid using real candles in pumpkins and on doorsteps, and remove obstacles kids could trip over from lawns and walking paths.
- Resist the urge to start munching on those sweet treats, at least until you get home: Kids should never eat anything until they are home and it has been inspected by an adult. Fruit should be washed and cut before being eaten. Throw away anything that’s unwrapped.
- Parents should also carefully check for food their child may be allergic to, as well as any foods that have been recalled or pose a choking hazard for small children.
- Check candy wrappers for signs of tampering. If you see anything suspicious, bring the items to the police station.