This year, Halloween will occur on Thursday, October 31, 2013. The City of Naperville has no ordinance determining Halloween hours for children; however there are several safety tips residents should follow to make Halloween a fun and festive time for all:
- Make sure children carry a flashlight and are accompanied by an adult when trick-or-treating. Glow sticks are also a fun way to light the way!
- Costumes should be light-colored or decorated with reflective tape. Make sure costumes do not interfere with vision or movement. Use make-up instead of a mask. Avoid “terrorist type” costumes and those requiring “weapons” of any kind.
- Have children trick-or-treat in their own neighborhood and in well-lit areas. Be sure they avoid short cuts or places they cannot be seen or heard by others and instruct children never to enter a house while trick-or-treating.
- Young children should end trick-or-treating when it begins to get dark. Adults should accompany young children. Older children should be in by 8 p.m.
- Households welcoming trick-or-treaters should leave on porch lights or other exterior lighting. Never ask children to step inside to receive their treats and call 911 immediately if you suspect a child is lost or in trouble.
- Tell children not to eat any of their treats unless examined by a parent. Call the police if there are any suspicious treats.
- Children should remember to look both ways before crossing the street and cross at corners only. Be sure to “Stop, Look and Listen.” Never run between parked vehicles.
- Parents should know where registered sex offenders live and avoid placing children in a risky situation. Check the Naperville Web site for registered sex offender information.
If you have any questions, contact Julie Smith, Naperville Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at (630) 305-5450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Naperville Police Department wishes everyone
a safe and happy Halloween!