Halloween is coming faster than the leaves are falling down. It’s time to carve pumpkins, put some finishing touches on your costume, and stock up on candy. The City of Rockford trick-or-treating hours are from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. There will be no sirens announcing the beginning or end, so keep an eye on the clock.
D.A.R.E. Officer Ian has some safety tips to share with kids, parents, and everyone out on All Hallow’s Eve.
The first goal is to keep trick-or-treaters traveling safety around town. Here’s some ways you can keep yourself or your little ones safe:
- Only cross the street at appropriate intersections and stick to crosswalks
- Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street
- Keep your eyes up as you’re crossing, not down at a phone
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers when crossing streets
- Stick to sidewalks and try to plan a route with minimal street crossing
- Keep an eye out for cars that are turning corners or backing out of driveways
- Make sure children under 12 are with a responsible adult
Be fun and creative with costumes, but keep safety in mind. Visibility and warmth are important things to consider when choosing a costume.
- If possible, add reflective tape or stickers to costumes to increase visibility
- Be sure that masks and hoods don’t obstruct a child’s vision
- Provide children with flashlights or glow sticks to increase visibility
- Make sure costumes are appropriately sized to prevent tripping and falling
Those not trick-or-treating need to be mindful as well, especially motorists. Fortunately, we know in advance that Halloween will have increased pedestrian traffic and can plan accordingly.
- Slow down! Be alert in residential neighborhoods, as children can move unpredictably
- Take extra time to look for pedestrian traffic at intersections when turning
- Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully
- Minimize distractions inside the car so you can focus on the road
- Drive slowly and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic
- Pay attention to the community trick-or-treat start and stop times
- Be patient. Many of the pedestrians out on Halloween are young and inexperienced
When the festivities are over, be sure to look at your child’s candy. Discard unwrapped or partially wrapped candies. Be cautious about homemade treats from unknown sources. If you encounter anything suspicious, please contact the Rockford Department of Public Safety at (616) 866-9557.
Happy Halloween from the City of Rockford!