When getting your little ghosts and goblins ready for an afternoon on the town trick-or-treating, please remember these safety pointers provided by the Village of Gurnee Police Department. Halloween is meant to be spooky and fun, but it is also important to keep it safe for your children, your friends, and yourself:
We have put together the following suggestions to help make Trick-or-Treat a fun experience for all:
Be certain that an adult or a responsible teenager accompanies your children.
Know which friends are with your children.
Trick-or-Treat in your own neighborhood, only going to houses where it appears that people are home.
Know the exact route your children are taking.
Inform your children to never enter a stranger's house, even if invited.
Examine your children's treats when they return home before allowing them to eat their treats.
Throw away anything unwrapped or treats that show signs of tampering.
Notify the police if harmful items are found.
Do not leave your home unattended the day of Trick-or-Treat.
Keep all pets inside on this day.
Make-up is safer, but if your children wear a mask, make sure the holes are large enough to easily see and breathe through.
Audio devices with earphones, such as iPods and cell phones, can be a distraction. Have your kids leave them at home or caution them about using them safely.
If your children Trick-or-Treat outside of Gumee after dark, make sure they take a flashlight along to see where they are going and to let the drivers see them.
Wear costumes that are fireproof and not too long or loose, to avoid tripping.
Do not run across streets or run out from between parked cars, and pay attention to traffic lights.
For more information, call 847.599.7500