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Halloween Safety

Trick-or-treating is October 31 from 3:30 PM - 7 PM. Please review these guidelines with your adventurers to ensure a safe night for everyone.halloween

  • Don’t Trick or Treat alone. Stay in a group and communicate to an adult where you will be going.
  • Teach children how to obtain help or call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost.
  • Walk on the sidewalk, not in the street.
  • Only cross the street at designated crosswalks.
  • Look both ways. Listen and watch for cars before crossing the street.
  • Don’t hide or cross the street from between parked cars.
  • Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing or try to affix reflective tape on costumes or treat bags to be more visible.
  • Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes. If you wear a mask, make sure that the eye-holes are large enough that your vision won’t be affected.
  • Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries to light your way.
  • Visit homes that have inside and outside lights on.
  • Accept your treats at the door and never go into a home.
  • Always have an adult inspect the candy before eating. Don’t eat candy if packaging has been opened. Remember that small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.
  • Be cautious around pets that may come to the door or be outside.
  • Eliminate tripping hazards on your porch and around your property.
  • Always keep lit Jack O’Lanterns away from drapes, decorations or areas where children will be standing or walking.
  • Halloween guidelines for your pets:
  • Secure your pets indoors on Halloween night - preferably in a room away from your front door. Between the doorbell ringing, odd-looking strangers at the door and all the children’s voices, this night is no “treat” for your dog or cat.
  • Keep goodies away from pets. Chocolate and raisins can be particularly dangerous.
  • Have ID on your pets - many animals slip out of the house when the door is opened.

The Illinois State Police maintains a database of registered sex offenders in Illinois. The public can access this database by going to the website www.isp.state.il.us/sor/. Once you are in this website, agree to the terms by clicking on “I Agree” and enter the zip code (60035), City (Highland Park) and County (Lake) for a complete listing of registered sex offenders in Highland Park. The Police encourage community assistance in reporting any suspicious or unlawful activity. Let's all enjoy a safe Halloween in Highland Park. If you have any questions, please contact School Resource Officer Amy Hyndman at 847.926.1122.