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It's that time of the year again to remind you that Halloween with all the costumes, parties, and excitement has a very serious side to it -- CHILD SAFETY.
Trick-or-treating hours are from 3 - 7 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2016. .
The Lombard Police Department is reminding residents that a fun Halloween starts with a safe Halloween. To help keep children safe this Halloween, here are some safety tips for parents and children:• Plan ahead for a safe Halloween. • Costumes should be fireproof. • If facemasks are used, make sure your children can see well enough through them. Consider using makeup instead. • Costumes should be made of white or very light colored materials. You can decorate your child's costume and trick-or-treat bags with reflective tape or patches to make them highly visible to motorists. • Toy weapons and other props, i.e., swords, broomsticks, hatchets, wands, etc. should be made of cardboard or Styrofoam. Sharp instruments are dangerous. • Children should wear their regular shoes instead of fancy costume shoes for safety reasons. • Trick-or-treating should be done during daylight hours. If out after dark, provide each of your children with a flashlight to prevent falls on porch steps and on sidewalks. Do not use jack-o-lanterns or candles. • A responsible adult or teenager should accompany each group of children. Never let your children travel down a street by themselves. Walk with them to each house and wait in the driveway and/or by the door until the children return • Instruct your children that they should never enter the home of a stranger or accept rides. • Watch for traffic and always walk while trick-or-treating. Never run. • Try, if possible, to limit the size of each group of children to four or five. • Adults can help by keeping their front yards well lighted. • Parents should check all "treats" before allowing children to eat them. Only give or accept wrapped or packaged candy. • Stay in your own neighborhood and only go to houses that have porch lights turned on. • Parents should know exactly the route their children are taking and should set a time limit for trick-or- treating.
• To help trick-or-treaters who come to your house, remove all obstacles from the steps, porch, sidewalk and lawns. • Trick-or-treating should be for young children only. Parties are a good alternative for older children.
Police Chief Byrne encourages parents to sponsor and supervise Halloween parties in place of trick-or-treating. The Police Chief said, "If anything unusual occurs or you suspect candy tampering, the Lombard Police, 9-1-1, should be called immediately." The Police Department has access to a national hotline for information on candy tampering. The important point is to make it a safe and fun Halloween for our children. For additional questions please call the Lombard Police Department at 630-873-4400.