Even scarier than your little ghosts, goblins, witches and spooks is an unsafe Halloween. Parents and guardians are asked to be sure to discuss the following trick or treat safety tips with children under their care to make Halloween a real TREAT.
- Official trick or treat hours are on Thursday, October 31st from 3 – 7 pm
- Parents, guardians and chaperones should lay down the safety ground rules with the trick or treaters under their care before beginning their candy walk;
- Make sure your child’s costume fits, is flame retardant and is brightly colored or has reflective markings;
- Make sure your child’s costume doesn't drag on the ground;
- Wear a watch you can read in the dark;
- Costume accessories like light swords and sabers should be made of soft flexible material;
- Carry a flashlight and makes sure your child’s shoes fit;
- Obey traffic signals, cross streets between crosswalks or at intersections. If no sidewalk, walk on the parkway adjacent to the street and never on a street itself;
- Walk, don’t run, don’t cut across yards or driveways and stay on sidewalks. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic;
- Never approach a vehicle, occupied or not unless accompanied by a parent or guardian;
- Stay away from and don’t pet dogs you don’t know;
- Children should trick or treat with a parent, adult family friend or guardian;
- Trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods or at the homes of friends and neighbors and avoid unfamiliar and unlit homes. Never approach a home that is not well lit or does not have a porch or front light on;
- Be courteous & say thank you when getting a treat and don’t push others when you arrive at the door;
- Never enter a home, but remain on the stoop or porch for a treat;
- Never play with or around lit jack-o-lanterns;
- Instruct children not to eat any candy until their parents have inspected it at home. Wrapped candy should be checked for openings, pin holes, or any evidence of tampering. Homemade or unwrapped candy should not be eaten unless it’s from your home, a relative or a family friend;
If Ever In Doubt, Throw It Out!
RELEASE DATE: October 25, 2013
CONTACT: Sgt. Glen Harker, Carol Stream Police Dept.
PHONE: (630) 668-2167
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 05:50