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Halloween precautions, area trick-or-treat hours

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office plans to assign 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.

Rain is in the forecast for Thursday, as WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling is predicting showers with possible thunderstorms; the rain should last into the evening. Skilling’s forecast calls for a high temperature in the low 60s with a low in the high 40s.

Those temperatures are above normal for Halloween in Chicago, according to the National Weather Service.

Based on 141 years of readings, the normal high for Halloween is 56 degrees, with most Halloween temperatures falling between 50 and 59.

The normal low is 39 degrees, with most falling between 40 and 49 degrees.

The sheriff’s office offered these safety tips:

• Keep costumes short to avoid tripping

• Wear light-colored clothing or reflective tape

• Choose costume materials that are flame resistant

• Consider wearing make-up instead of masks

• Bring flashlights or glowsticks

• Only approach houses that are well-lit, stay away from strangers and only go to houses where the child knows who lives there

• Adults should accompany children who trick or treat; older children should stay in large groups

• Those passing out candy should make sure treats are well-wrapped or completely sealed

• Motorists should drive slowly and with extra caution

• Adults celebrating on Halloween night should have a designated driver if they intend to consume alcoholic beverages

Hours for trick-or-treating in local communities Thursday are as follows:

• 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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