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 method 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 shortcuts 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 a porch light or other exterior light on. 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 potentially risky situation. Check the Naperville Web site for registered sex offender information.
The National Confectioners Association and Chocolate Manufacturers Association have compiled the attached information concerning candy appearance problems. For more information, visit their Web site at www.candyusa.org.
The Naperville Police Department wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween.