October 4, 2022 -- A chill is in the air - and Halloween is on the horizon! Visit enjoyhighlandpark.com/halloween for a list of fun and festive activities for all ages!
Trick-or-treating: October 31, 3:30 - 7:00 PM
Kids may trick-or-treat during official hours on Halloween, 3:30 - 7:00 PM. Please review safety tips with your little ones to ensure that everyone has a fun and safe celebration.
As always, not all families feel comfortable participating in trick-or-treating; teach children not to ring the doorbell if a light is not on or if a no trick-or-treating sign is posted. All trick-or-treaters - young and the young at heart! - are encouraged to be respectful of their neighbors' decisions to participate in trick-or-treating or not.
Downtown Highland Park Trick-or-Treating: October 27, 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Enjoy trick-or-treating at participating Downtown Highland Park businesses, including special activities at Port Clinton Square and Renaissance Place.
Ravinia District Candy Stroll: October 28, 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Visit participating Ravinia District businesses for trick-or-treating and activities! The stroll also features four interactive Harvest Vignettes for visitors to sit and take selfies to post on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. The Vignettes will be located at the northeast corner of Broadview and Roger Williams, the southeast corner of Pleasant and Roger Williams, on Roger Williams just west of Happi Sushi, and the southeast corner of St. Johns and Roger Williams.
Safety Reminders from the Highland Park Police Department
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.
- Don’t trick-or-treat alone; trick-or-treat in a household group. 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.
The Illinois State Police maintains a database of registered sex offenders in Illinois. The public can access this database by going to the website. 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.
Fire Safety Reminders
Guidelines for Pet Owners
- 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.