As children throughout our community start getting their costumes ready and plan their trick-or-treating route for Halloween, the City of Wheaton has some tips to help everyone have a safe and happy holiday. The trick-or-treating hours in Wheaton will be 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31. The City asks drivers to use extra caution on Halloween to ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters.
- To promote safety and protect children, the Wheaton Police Department offers the following tips:
- Trick-or-treat on one side of the street at a time. Refrain from crossing the street in the middle of the block or between parked cars.
- Trick-or-treat while it is light outside. If you must be out after dark, wear light-colored clothing, put reflective tape on your costume and treat bag, and carry a flashlight
- Dress children in non-flammable costumes that fit properly. Avoid wearing facial masks, which obstruct vision. Use face paint and makeup instead.
- Trick-or-treat with friends and stay in a group.
- An adult or responsible teen should accompany younger children at all times.
- Advise children not to enter any residence or vehicle for the promise of anything.
- Plan your trick-or-treat routes ahead of time, staying in your immediate neighborhood. Parents, take notice of who their children are with and the routes they are taking.
- Instruct children never to eat any treats until they return home and that the treats have been examined under sufficient light by an adult. Check the wrappers of commercial candy for signs of tampering. Wash and cut fruit before eating. Throw away anything unwrapped. Notify the police if there are any suspicious treats.
- Always walk on the sidewalk while trick-or-treating. If there is no sidewalk on the street, keep to the left, next to the curb, and walk single file facing (against) traffic.
- Be courteous and respectful of other people's property.
- Homeowners should leave outside porch lights on. If you do not want trick-or-treaters to visit your home, turn off your exterior lights, and/or place a “no trick-or-treating here” sign on your door.
The City encourages all residents to celebrate safely and wishes everyone a happy Halloween.