Are your kids ready to load up their pillowcases and plastic pumpkins with enough candy to keep your dentist in business for years?
This Wednesday, Oct. 31, official trick or treating hours last from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., according to the City of Evanston.
Whether you'll doling out candy, painting faces or trying to keep the children from bouncing off the ceiling, keep in mind these tips from the Red Cross:
- Make sure kids under 12 go trick-or-treating with a parent or other trusted adult.
- Give kids a flashlight or glowstick and add reflective tape to their costumes to make them more visible to motorists.
- Write your child's name, address and phone number on a piece of paper and pin it to his or her chest.
- Examine candy before kids eat it, and throw out anything unwrapped or opened.
- Stay in neighborhoods you know well and only go to houses with exterior lights on.
- Only accept candy at the door; don't go inside.
- Cross the street only at corners and look both ways for oncoming cars.
- Slow down and watch for children, especially while backing out of driveways or making turns.
- If you're driving kids to an event, let them enter and exit the car only from the curb side of the vehicle.
- Consider the age of the child to whom you're giving candy. Small hard candies can be a choking hazard for little kids.
- Clean up lawn accessories and clear your walkway so kids don't trip.
- Keep Fido and other pets inside.