The Grundy County Sheriff’s Department urges everyone to keep safety in mind as they celebrate Halloween.
Motorists are reminded to pay attention to children, weather and an increase in vehicle and pedestrian traffic, according to a news release from Sheriff Kevin Callahan’s office.
Tips to make this Halloween safe:
• Keep costumes short to prevent tripping and consider using make-up rather than masks. Masks can make it difficult to see oncoming traffic. Wear light-colored clothing and add reflective tape to dark costumes, making them more visible. Flame resistant costumes are best.
• Do your trick-or-treating while it is light outside. If you go out later, take a flashlight or glow stick. An adult should always accompany small children, and older children should stay in groups. Tell your child to approach familiar houses that are well-lit and avoid homes that are unlit. Remind them they should never enter a stranger’s house or vehicle.
• When handing out treats, make sure goodies are well-wrapped. Consider handing out pencils, pens, erasers, small party favors, etc. instead of candy. Be sure to remind your own trick-or-treaters to wait until they return home to sample their treats. That way, an adult will be able to check the treats for any evidence of tampering.
• Drivers, stay alert. Young children could dart in front of your car at any time. Slow down and drive with extra caution. If you’re going to a costume party, make sure your costume does not hamper your vision while you drive to the event.
• Adults, consider spending Halloween at home answering the front door. If you do attend a Halloween party, make sure you have a sober, designated driver ready. Alcohol, even in small amounts, slows reaction time and dulls the senses. Drinking alcohol could have a sad and possibly deadly result.
“Additional patrols have already been assigned for Halloween. These patrols will include members of the Sheriff’s Patrol and Investigative Divisions to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Halloween,” Callahan said.
During Halloween, the sheriff’s office will have contact with the National Confectioner’s Association to determine if candy has been tampered with or if there is a harmless flaw in the packaging. If you suspect candy you have has been tampered with or may be tainted, contact the sheriff’s office at 815-942-0336.
Trick or Treat hours for Grundy County towns
Braceville - 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31
Carbon Hill - 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31
Channahon - 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31
Coal City - 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31
Diamond - 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31
East Brooklyn - 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31
Gardner - 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31
Kinsman - 5-6 p.m. Oct. 31
Mazon - 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31
Minooka - 3:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 31
Morris - 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31
South Wilmington - 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31
Verona - 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31
Unincorporated Areas - 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31