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Halloween Safety

The Village of Vernon Hills has designated the following hours for Trick-or-Treating:

Monday, October 31, 2016
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

To help make your Halloween a safe one, the Vernon Hills Police Department Crime Prevention Unit has provided some suggestions for not only children, but for parents and motorists as well. 

  • Children should be instructed not to accept rides with strangers or older children not known to them and their parents.
  • An adult should accompany the very young children. Flashing Pumpkin
  • Trick-or-treating should be confined to your own immediate neighborhood.
  • Children should be advised not to enter any home unless it is one of a relative or known friend.
  • Do not invite trick-or-treaters into your home. 
  • Children should be instructed to be courteous and respectful of the property of others.
  • When planning a costume, keep in mind that long costumes and high-heeled shoes may be unsafe when climbing stairs and crossing streets.
  • Think about using make-up instead of wearing a mask, which can obstruct vision.
  • Light colored, non-flammable costumes should be worn and a flashlight should be used after dark. 
  • Children should be aware of pets. Some costumes may excite pets.
  • Keep your porch light and/or driveway light on.
  • Children should watch out for traffic.  Also, adults who are out driving should exercise extreme caution during trick-or-treat hours. Remember, even though they may have been told where to cross the street, you can expect that the children will be caught up in the excitement of the day.  All drivers should expect the unexpected.
  • Children should be instructed to wait until they return home before eating any of their treats. Parents should check all candy and treats thoroughly.  Throw away all unwrapped candy and fruit.

A Special Note for Drivers - Please remember to abide by the Illinois law pertaining to hand-held electronic communication devices (cell phones).

Finally, all citizens should remember to call 9-1-1 immediately if anyone or anything suspicious is observed. 

Read the ABC's of Halloween Safety

Anyone with questions regarding Halloween hours or safety can contact the Crime Prevention Unit either by calling (847) 247-4889 or via e-mail