News Flash Home
The original item was published from 10/16/2023 1:55:07 PM to 11/1/2023 7:05:00 AM.

News Flash

Community Updates

Posted on: October 16, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Halloween Safety Tips and Trick-or-Treating Hours

Trick-or-Treat Sign

As children throughout our community start getting their costumes ready for Halloween, the City reminds you that the trick-or-treating hours in Wheaton will be 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Drivers should 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 whom your children are with and the routes they are taking.
  • 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 others’ 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.

Facebook Twitter Email