Are your witches brewing up a taste for sweets, and your ghosts clammy-ring for candy?
Then you'll want to know local trick-or-treating hours on Oct. 31, 2013.
In Morton Grove, they're 3:30pm to 7:30pm, according to Peter Falcone in Village Hall.
In Niles, suggested hours are 3 to 8 p.m., according to village hall. Police also say children should not go out alone, according to Cathy Spadoni at the Village of Niles offices.
The village also provided this information:
· Make sure kids under 12 go trick-or-treating with a parent or other trusted adult.
· Give kids a flashlight or glowstick and add reflective tape to their costumes to make them more visible to motorists.
· Accompany your children (or send an older sibling) and make sure they don’t enter anyone’s home without your permission.
· Use makeup instead of a mask, so your child’s view is not obstructed.
· Make a trick-or-treat route map for your children.
· If you are concerned about sex offenders in Niles please consult the Illinois Sex Offender Registration athttp://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/. As a reminder Illinois Law prohibits registered sex offenders from participating in any holiday event involving children, including Halloween.
· Make sure kids cross only at corners — and look in all directions first. Remind them to use sidewalks or walk facing traffic so approaching cars can be seen.
· Caution them against crossing the street between parked cars, where drivers can’t see them.
· Warn children not to eat any goodies until you’ve had a chance to inspect them. When in doubt, throw it out.
· Stay in neighborhoods you know well and only go to houses with exterior lights on.
· Only accept candy at the door; don't go inside.
· Cross the street only at corners and look both ways for oncoming cars.
· Slow down and watch for children, especially while backing out of driveways or making turns.
· If you're driving kids to an event, let them enter and exit the car only from the curb side of the vehicle.
· Please turn on your outside lights as a guide to trick or treaters and their parents that you are a participating home. As a reminder Registered Sex Offenders in Illinois are not allowed to participate in Halloween or any other holiday event and should have their outside lighting off.
· Consider the age of the child to whom you're giving candy. Small hard candies can be a choking hazard for little kids.
· Clean up lawn accessories and clear your walkway so kids don't trip.
· Keep Fido and other pets inside.
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