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Grundy County Sheriff's Office encouraging safe Halloween

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office may have assigned extra patrols for Halloween night, but parents, motorists, trick-or-treaters and those passing out candy are encouraged to make safety the No. 1 priority in their Halloween plans.

Trick-or-treaters are reminded to keep costumes short to avoid tripping, wear light-colored clothing or reflective tape to make themselves more visible and choose costume materials that are flame resistant, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. Those wearing masks should consider using make-up instead, as masks can make it difficult to see oncoming traffic.

The sheriff’s office also advises to prepare for the dark by bringing flashlights or glowsticks and only approach houses that are well lit. Parents should remind children to steer clear of strangers and only approach houses they know.

All child trick-or-treaters should be accompanied by an adult. Those older children not accompanied by an adult should stay in large groups. Children should not be left unattended, according to the news release.

For those passing out candy, make sure treats are well-wrapped or completely sealed. Remind children to wait until they are home to enjoy their treats, so parents can check for tampering. Those suspicious of tampering can call the sheriff’s office at 815-942-0336.

Pencils, pens and party-favors make good alternatives to treats.

The sheriff’s office urges motorists to drive slowly and with extra caution as excited trick-or-treaters could dart into the road at unexpected times.

Motorists planning to drive to a Halloween party should be sure their costume does not hamper their ability to operate a vehicle, according to the news release.

Adults celebrating on Halloween night are reminded to have a designated driver before they begin drinking. The sheriff’s office encourages adults to stay home and answer their front door before attending any Halloween parties.

According to U.S. Census data, 41 million trick-or-treaters partook in Halloween festivities in 2010.

Staying safe is a top priority, but the sheriff said he wants everyone to have “scary fun” this Halloween.

2013 Halloween Trick or Treat Hours

All trick or treating will take place Oct. 31

• Braceville, 4 to 6 p.m.
• Braidwood, 4 to 7 p.m.
• Carbon Hill, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
• Channahon, 4 to 7 p.m.
• Coal City, 4 to 7 p.m.
• Diamond, 4 to 7 p.m.
• Dwight, 4 to 7 p.m.
• East Brooklyn, 4 to 6 p.m.
• Gardner, 4 to 6 p.m.
• Kinsman, 5 to 6 p.m.
• Mazon, 4 to 7 p.m.
• Minooka, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
• Morris, 5 to 7 p.m.
• Seneca, 5 to 7 p.m.
• South Wilmington, 4 to 6 p.m.
• Verona, 5 to 7 p.m.
• Unincorporated Areas, 4 to 6 p.m.

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