For goblins, princesses and superheroes, Halloween is one of the best nights of the year. But before your angels load up their pillowcases, it is important to think about trick-or-treating safety tips. Here are just a few steps you can take to help make sure your kids have a happy and safe Halloween.
- Make sure your kids do not trick-or-treat alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
- It is a good idea to fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
- Don’t run from house to house – walk – and wear comfortable shoes.
- Stick to houses that are well-lit. Residents who aren’t participating in trick-or-treating often leave off their lights as a sign.
- Check your child’s candy and avoid homemade treats by strangers.
- Plan a route in advance, try and stick to familiar areas and neighborhoods.
- If you want to make sure that the doors your kids are knocking on are safe, you can check Illinois Sex Offender Registration by visiting the official Illinois State Police Website.
- Dress warm! Leave extra room for layers underneath costumes. Friday’s forecast looks chilly!
- Help protect trick-or-treaters and be especially careful while driving on Friday. That stopped vehicle might be dropping off or picking up kids.
By spending a few minutes talking with your kids about Halloween safety, simple precautions can make it a fun and safe night for kids of all ages.
Also, keep in mind that some communities have put special hours in place for trick or treating and the hours vary by area. Here’s a look at official trick-or-treat hours in our communities.
Halloween trick-or-treat hours for Franklin Park, Rosemont, and Schiller Park are 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. Official Niles and Park Ridge trick-or-treat hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. while Harwood Heights and Norridge have an 8 p.m. curfew set on Halloween. Chicago and Des Plaines do not have set trick-or-treat hours on Halloween.
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Michael P. McAuliffe
Rosemont, IL... State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago) recognized the Village of Rosemont Police for their outstanding contribution to breast cancer awareness by decorating a police car in pink for the entire month of October. Representative McAuliffe presented an honorary certificate to the department on behalf of the Illinois General Assembly on Tuesday, October 21.
“The Village of Rosemont Public Safety Department went above and beyond to show support for breast cancer survivors and to raise breast cancer awareness by decorating a patrol car pink throughout the month of October,” said McAuliffe. “Across our country, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and there are many efforts planned in our own communities to raise funds for research, heighten awareness, and promote early detection. I want to thank the department for their role in raising awareness on this important cause.”
The Village of Rosemont Public Safety Department decided to wrap the car pink throughout the month as a show of support and as an effort to raise awareness of this disease. Many in the department have loved ones or friends who have battled breast cancer. The most recent statistics indicate 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime.
Legislation championed by Rep. McAuliffe to raise awareness emerging breast cancer detection technologies was recently signed into law. House Bill 4765 calls for the Illinois Department of Public Health to include information on 3-D mammography technology in state sponsored pamphlets. The Illinois House and Senate unanimously approved the legislation during the 2014 Spring Session of the Illinois General Assembly.
“October is a great time to make sure women are familiar with new technology available in our community that can help save lives. 3-D mammograms are more accurate than regular mammograms and can save women valuable time by avoiding getting tested and retested each time they go to the doctor for a mammogram,” explained McAuliffe.
Photo Caption: State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe presents Village of Rosemont Chief of Public Safety Donald E. Stephens III with a certificate on behalf of the Illinois House of Representatives honoring the department for their outstanding contribution for breast cancer awareness.
Chicago, IL... Earlier this year State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago) carried House Resolution 1096 inviting the NFL to select Chicagoland as a site and headquarters for the NFL Draft. McAuliffe stated at the time that "The NFL Draft would be a major win to our area by creating jobs, benefiting tourism, and encouraging economic development."