It's almost time to don costumes and go in search of candy.
This year’s official trick or treating hours for Thursday are between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Orland Park and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Orland Hills.
Here are some general safety tips for a smooth night of sugar rushes:
- Young children should be accompanied by an adult at all times
- If not accompanied by an adult, make sure they are trick or treating with friends, and set a curfew as well as a route
- Bring a flashlight to light the paths, and to stay visible. Glow sticks work as well, just don’t break them open
- Costumes with long, flowing layers could be a hazard near lit jack-o-lanterns, and make sure costumes don't impair vision or movement
- Stay in familiar, well-lit areas, and avoid short cuts or other paths that aren’t easily seen
- Don’t enter a house when trick or treating, and don’t ask children to come inside to receive treats
- Homes welcoming trick or treaters should leave on a porch or exterior light
- Look both ways before crossing the street, and always “stop, look and listen”
- Call 911 immediately if a child appears lost or in trouble
- Make sure children don’t eat unfamiliar treats, especially if they have allergies. Report any suspicious treats to police
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