2018 Trick-or-Treat Time & Tips
The City of Bloomington's official hours for Halloween trick-or-treating in 2018 are from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31st.
It won’t be long before local children are racing from door to door yelling “Trick-or-Treat”. While Halloween is a special night for children, it is also a time when children can get hurt. Most accidents in which children are injured can be prevented, if parents educate their children on a few basic safety tips prior to Halloween night. In order to ensure the safety of our children, here are some Halloween safety tips to follow.
-Limit trick-or-treating to the day and time designated in your community.
-Know the specific area in which children will be trick-or-treating. Restrict residential trick-or-treating to homes of people you know.
-Give older children a specific time to return home.
-Younger children should be accompanied by an adult.
-Review traffic safety rules such as using sidewalks, crossing at the corner, obeying all traffic signs and looking both ways before crossing streets.
-Instruct children not to eat collected goodies until they are inspected by an adult.
-Advise children to never go inside any house.
-Costumes should be short enough to avoid tripping.
-If costumes contain dark-colored clothing, use reflective tape so children are more easily seen by motorists.
-Use face paint instead of masks, which can block children’s vision or make it hard for them to hear.
-Avoid hard plastic or wood costume props, such as daggers or swords. Use foam rubber props, which are softer and more flexible.
-Keep costumed children away from pets, which might not recognize the children and become frightened.
-Make sure children carry flashlights while trick-or-treating.
For more information, contact the Bloomington Police Department, 309-434-2360.