Halloween time is upon us and the Naperville Police Department wants to make sure your ghouls and goblins stay safe.
Commander Jason Arres offered some of their top tips. First, when going door-to-door, stick to sidewalks and stay on porches.
“Remind them not to go into someone’s house when accepting candy,” Arres advised. “Stay on the porch, there’s no need to enter someone’s residence to get your Halloween candy.”
There is also safety in numbers.
“If your children are of the age where you let them go out on their own with their friends, make sure they’re in a big group and it’s not just them by themselves or them with a friend,” Arres recommends. “We encourage big groups, trick-or-treating together.”
And don’t plan to make mischief on All Hallows’ Eve, as it will be taken seriously.
“Halloween’s a great time, but don’t cross that line where you’re destroying someone’s property or stealing a decoration off their lawn,” says Arres. “That is criminal damage to property and it’s theft, so be smart while you’re having your fun so you don’t cross the line and break the law.”
And before indulging in any Halloween goodies, always check all the candy your child has collected.
“You just never know what could happen, whether it’s tampered with, or moldy or any other type of issue with the candy. You want to see it and make sure there’s nothing wrong with it before your children, before they put something in their body,” Arres says.
But above all, he reminds everyone not to forget the most important tip, saying “I think the last thing we’d say is have fun, but have fun responsibly on Halloween.”
There are no set trick or treating times in Naperville, but police recommend young kids should be in by dusk and older kids done by 8 p.m.
Naperville News 17 Evan Summers reports.
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