Trick-or-Treating Safety

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Trick-or-treaters are out and about on All Hallows Eve but it’s important to know how to stay safe while still having some spooky fun.

The Naperville Police Department is advising parents and their youngsters stick to together when going door to door.

Older kids should stay in groups and on the sidewalk, as opposed to the street. They can also pre-route their night so parents will know where they’ll be in the neighborhood. And drivers need to take note as well.

“Drivers should always be cautious when they’re driving but especially on Halloween night when you have young goblins and ghosts walking around the street so they need to be aware of that. They may be wearing masks or may be distracted a little bit so we need to be extra safe and extra careful when driving around,” explained NPD Sergeant Brad Marsh.

After collecting the goodies, parents should check all candy before the kids dive in.

“I know that the kids like to get their treats and get after that but they should hold off and let their parents or guardians inspect whatever candy,” added Marsh. “Obviously if you’re going to different addresses we ask that they stay on the front porch and never go inside someone’s house. Don’t accept rides from someone and don’t take treats or candies that are homemade or don’t have a wrapping on that.”

Other quick tips: make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground to prevent trips and falls, and wear lighter colors, reflective tape, or glow sticks to be seen.

It’s recommended that younger kids end trick-or-treating when it begins to get dark, while older kids should be in by 8 p.m.

And if you need a trick or treating bag, the police department has some you can pick up at the station for free.

Naperville News 17’s Christine Lena reports.