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Keep Kids Safe For Halloween

"Jack-o-Lantern" / flickr user: slgckgc (CC BY 2.0)

Cities and towns across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin have set Halloween trick-or-treating hours for Oct. 31, 2017. A select listing is below.

Local police also have published tips on things people can do to make the holiday safe and enjoyable for everyone. The following list was gathered from those releases.

Halloween Safety Tips:

  • Leave outside lights on for everyone’s safety.
  • Remember that open flames can be dangerous indoors, outdoors, or anywhere near where people will be walking.
  • Use caution when carving pumpkins and make sure children are supervised when using knives.
  • Trick-or-Treaters are urged to wear light colored clothing or reflective tape to be more visible.
  • Children should carry flashlights or glow sticks.
  • Try to stay in well-lit areas.
  • Costumes that are non-flammable, easy to walk in, and with unobstructed vision (large eye openings) are advised.
  • Parents, guardians, or other adults are urged to accompany children if at all possible.
  • Older children should Trick or Treat in large groups.
  • Children should walk on the sidewalk not in the street.
  • Children should cross the street at intersections or crosswalks.
  • Children should not wear all-black clothing; this makes them virtually invisible to drivers.
  • Children should not enter a stranger’s home for any reason.
  • Parents should inspect their child’s treats before consuming.
  • Motorists are advised to use caution and to drive slowly and carefully. It can be very difficult to see small or costumed children, especially after dark.
  • Drivers should enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully.
  • Drivers should not be distracted inside their vehicle with a radio, cell phone or other items.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat hours for some area towns:

Aurora: 4 to 7:30 p.m.                                                        Lena: 5 to 7 p.m.

Batavia: 4 to 7 p.m.                                                             Loves Park: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Beloit, Wis.: 5 to 7 p.m.                                                      Machesney Park: 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Belvidere: 4 to 8 p.m.                                                         McHenry: 4 to 7 p.m.

Byron: 4 to 8 p.m.                                                                North Aurora: 5 to 8 p.m.

Cherry Valley: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.                                     Pearl City: 5 to 7 p.m.

Crystal Lake: 3 to 7 p.m.                                                    Pecatonica: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

DeKalb: 4 to 8 p.m.                                                             Rochelle: 5 to 8 p.m.

Dixon: 5 to 7 p.m.                                                                Rockford: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Elburn: 4 to 7 p.m.                                                              Rockton: 5 to 8 p.m.

Elgin: 4 to 7 p.m.                                                                 Roscoe: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Freeport: 5 to 7 p.m.                                                           Saint Charles: 3 to 7 p.m.

Geneva: 3 to 7 p.m.                                                             South Beloit: 5 to 7 p.m.

Genoa: 4 to 7 p.m.                                                               West Chicago: 3 to 7 p.m.

German Valley: 5 to 8 p.m.                                                Winnebago: 5 to 8 p.m.

Janesville, Wis.: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.                                   Yorkville: 4 to 7 p.m.