Earlier, the village of Niles did not specify Halloween trick or treating hours. This week, however, the village issued some guidelines, and tips for parents, as follows.
The Niles Police Department would like to recommend hours for parents to consider for a safe trick or treating experience this year. The recommended times for trick or treating are 3 pm to 8 pm. As a reminder these times are only a recommendation. Each parent or guardian should consider what is best for their individual child.
Chief of Police Dean Strzelecki wishes everyone to have a safe and happy Halloween experience and to encourage that their children “Make Wise Choices!”
· 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 at http://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.