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Posted on: October 7, 2016

Lombard Police remind residents: a safe Halloween is a happy Halloween

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In efforts to help minimize unsafe situations, parents are requested to limit "trick-or-treating" on Monday, October 31, from 3 p.m., to no later than 7 p.m., and are encouraged to plan for a safe Halloween with the following tips:

• 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 costume shoes.
• 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 go to houses that have porch lights 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.

Lombard Police Chief Raymond Byrne also 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. Residents may reference the above information at www.villageoflombard.org/halloween. For additional questions please call the Lombard Police Department at (630)873-4400.

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