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2018 Trick-or-Treat Time & Tips

Post Date:10/12/2018 2:50 PM

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.

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