Friday, October 30, 2015 || By Michael Romain
The Maywood Police Department has announced that trick-or-treat hours for the village on Halloween, which is Saturday, Oct. 31, will be from 3 PM to 7 PM.
But whether or not you’re out in Maywood or somewhere else, you may want to keep these safety tips, providing by the Chicago Police Department (via Chicago Tonight) in mind:
“Finding the right costume is probably the most important part of Halloween. If possible, dress your children in light-colored costumes so they are easily visible. If that’s a no-go (Batman doesn’t do pastels), the Chicago Police Department recommends placing reflective tape on the front, back and sides of dark costumes. This way your children can be spotted easily. The CPD also suggests avoiding masks since they restrict vision. Paint your kid’s face instead.
Go trick-or-treating during daylight hours. While the city of Chicago doesn’t have trick-or-treat hours, the Chicago Police Department recommends keeping trick-or-treating confined to daylight hours.
Don’t let kids trick-or-treat alone. Parents should go trick-or-treating with their children (here’s your chance to bring your old costume back to life) or arrange that they go with another responsible adult.
Walk, don’t run from house to house. Yes, this one may be a challenge for the little ones, especially first timers, but remind them to look both ways when crossing streets. Also, cross at the corner and stay on sidewalks.
Only accept wrapped treats. Throw away any unwrapped candies, open candies or suspicious-looking treats. The CPD also recommends trick-or-treaters pitch any fresh fruit.
Trick-or-treat in your neighborhood and at residences you’re familiar with. Do not enter a home to receive a treat, especially abandoned buildings. Do not accept treats from people in cars.
Don’t want to go door-to-door to collect candy? Navy Pier is getting into the spirit on Oct. 30 and 31 with trick-or-treating, free scary movies, a costume contest and live entertainment. On Friday, trick-or-treat hours will be 4-8 p.m.; on Saturday, from and noon-4 p.m. Want to do something a little closer to home? The Chicago Park District is hosting Halloween-themed parties in several parks through Oct. 31. Click here for more information.”
Also, knowing which homes to avoid may be particularly helpful as well. Click here to access the state’s searchable registered sex offender database. Simply input your address and zip code into the search boxes and click whatever radius within which you’d like to limit the search (you can see those registered individuals who live up to 5 miles from your address). VFP
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