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City of Bloomington Halloween Hours
Posted: 10/8/2012
Wednesday, October 31

Be Safe! Be Seen! Have Fun!

The City of Bloomington Police Department has set 5 PM - 8 PM as “official” trick-or-treat hours on Wednesday, October 31, 2012.

Parents are asked to discuss trick-or-treat safety rules with their children prior to any door-to-door activity. Those rules include:

  • Limit door-to-door activity to your own neighborhood and/or homes of friends and relatives.
  • Walk on sidewalks or as near to the curb as possible.
  • Observe safety rules when crossing streets.
  • Stay in well-lighted areas, visiting only homes with porch lights on.
  • Younger children should be accompanied by adults.
  • Children should never go inside anyone’s home to collect treats.
  • Wear reflective colored costumes or apply reflective patches to costumes.
  • To avoid tripping, do not wear loose or overly-long costumes.
  • Make sure masks fit properly so that children can see -- and hear – clearly.
    Better yet, use face paint instead of masks.
  • To avoid injuries, use costume props made of foam rubber, rather than wood or hard plastic.
  • Be aware that pets might not recognize costumed children and could be frightened.
  • Parents should inspect treats before they are consumed by children.
  • Have children carry flashlights (and teach children how to properly use them).

The Bloomington Police Department will partner with Eastland Mall to offer an alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating. Children in costume can collect treats from participating Eastland Mall merchants from 5 PM - 7 PM Halloween night.

See here for Halloween Safety Tips from the Bloomington Police Department.

Have a Happy Halloween!




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