Halloween is generally a fun time for children and even some adults, but for parents the holiday can be a little tricky. To help everyone have a safe and enjoyable Halloween, the Evanston Police Department would like to provide you with some safety tips. Hours for “Trick or Treating” are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 31, 2014.



  • Accompany young children while “Trick or Treating.”
  • Carry a flashlight, cell phone, and possibly a first aid kit.
  • Plan a route with older children and agree on a time to “check in” with family.
  • Never enter a person’s home.
  • Cross streets at intersections only.
  • Do not allow your children to eat any candy unless checked by an adult first. Any unwrapped items should be discarded.


  • Choose costumes that are bright and contain reflective material.
  • Carry a glow stick or glow necklace to be more visible.
  • Avoid costumes that cover a child’s head and may prevent them from seeing a vehicle or other hazard.
  • Remember toy GUNS look real in the dark, so choose costumes that do not contain guns or weapons.
  • Leave your pets at home. They may frighten easily and be more likely to bite.


  • Before you allow your child to knock on any door, become better informed. Check the Illinois Sex Offender Registry website at www.isp.state.il.us/sor. Learn who lives in the houses you plan to visit. BE CAUTIOUS RATHER THAN SORRY.
  • Notify your Neighborhood Watch Groups of the “Trick-or-Treating” times, and have them walk the neighborhoods to look out for children and suspicious activity.
  • Remind children to have respect for their neighborhood. Although these activities may seem like fun, smashing pumpkins, “egging,” spray painting and spraying property with shaving cream are all illegal activities that damage a person’s property.
  • Additionally, drinking in public and drinking under the age of 21 is against the law.


  • Children are excited and may be less cautious while walking. Drivers should be more cautious while traveling through residential streets.
  • Drive slow and with your lights on in order to see children in costume even before dusk.