Lemont Halloween Roundup
Patch shares a few stories and tips to help ensure a fun – and safe – Halloween. The Village of Lemont has set the hours of 3 to 6:30 p.m. for trick-or-treating today.
The Lemont Police Department’s Haunted Squad Car will be stalking the streets to keep an eye out for Lemont children – and to provide them a safe treat. The police department offers the following advice for its favorite “ghouls and boys” – and the community – on Halloween:
- Makeup and face paint is safer than an ill-fitting mask which can obstruct vision, especially when crossing streets or climbing stairs.
- Children should wear comfortable, light colored clothing that is flame retardant and short enough to avoid tripping.
- Reflective tape on costumes and bags can make your child more visible.
- Glow necklaces, flashing buttons, and flashlights to carry will all help make them stand out in the dark.
- Comfortable walking shoes are important too.
- Hold a dress rehearsal to make sure your child can see and move freely.
- If a costume has props, make sure they are not sharp and are flexible.
- Put away bikes, skateboards, and toys in yard to prevent falls and for crime prevention purposes.
- Bring in the family pet for their safety. Be cautious near them in costume, as they may become excited or frightened.
- Turn on outside lights if you are welcoming trick or treaters.
- Secure your house if you are going out for the evening.
Trick or Treating
- Remind your children of pedestrian and stranger safety rules. They should never enter anyone’s home if invited in, even acquaintances.
- Remind them not to take shortcuts through, fields, alleys or backyards and always have a trusted adult accompany them trick or treating.
- Only trick or treat at lighted residences.
- If you are allowing older children to go without an adult, make certain that they follow the buddy system.
- Map out a safe route together, set a time to return home within the trick or treating hours, and have children wear a watch and carry a cell phone for emergencies.
- Know your child’s companions. Remind them that vandalism and pranks are not part of the Halloween fun and to respect other’s property.
- Feed them a snack prior or send one along from home. Remind them not to eat any Halloween treats before a trusted adult checks them.
- Never allow a child to eat a treat that has not been checked by a responsible adult at home, unhurried, and under good lighting.
- Discard fruit, unwrapped items, homemade goodies, or any treat with a loose or torn wrapper.
- Remind children to cross at intersections and crosswalks.
- Obey all traffic signs and signals.
- Stop, look left-right-left again and listen for cars.
- Walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever possible. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the street facing traffic.
- Walk, don’t run, from house to house. Stay on the sidewalks and don’t cut through yards.
- When driving, watch out for trick or treaters while entering and exiting driveways and walking on or crossing roadways. Be aware that children may cross the street between parked cars.
- Don’t drink and drive on Halloween or any night. Designate a driver.
Call the Lemont Police Department by dialing 911 if you find anything suspicious.
In case you missed them, here are some Halloween-related stories Lemont Patch has shared over the past few weeks:
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Enter to Win Patch’s Best Halloween Costume in America Contest We're searching for the best Halloween Costume in America - and you have until Nov. 1 to enter yourself or your kids for a chance to win $5,00
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