The Park Ridge Police Want You to Have a Safe and Fun Halloween!

The hours approved in Park Ridge for Trick or Treating are 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31st.

Remember to stop by the police department for your free “Trick or Treat” bag while supplies last!

Halloween is fun for people of all ages, but it's important that you and your children remain safe. These simple tips will help make your Halloween celebration better than ever.

Children should:

  • Wear clothing that is bright, reflective and flame-retardant; wear short clothing that prevents tripping.
  • Wear sneakers or comfortable shoes.
  • Use face paint (non-toxic, hypoallergenic) and avoid masks - especially if the eye holes obstruct the child's vision.
  • See well through facemasks, or use make-up.
  • Not wear floppy hats or wigs that slide over the eyes. Also, children should not wear long, baggy, or loose costumes or oversized shoes.
  • Avoid toy weapons - if desired, use costume knives and swords that are flexible, not rigid.
  • Stay away from pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened.
  • Stay within familiar areas and surroundings. Parents should establish a route for children.
  • Use flashlights and/or glow sticks and stay on sidewalks.
  • Cross the street at corners / crosswalks and not between parked cars.
  • Many community groups, business associations and others host Halloween parties. Parents should consider these as a safe alternative to door-to-door "trick-or-treating" for their children.
  • Never go into homes - stay on the porch or stoop when asking for treats.
  • Avoid homes that don't have their outside lights turned on.
  • Never talk to strangers or get into strangers' cars.
  • Should travel in small groups and be accompanied by parents or an authorized adult chaperone.
  • Know their home phone number and their parents'/caretaker’s cell phone numbers, when applicable.
  • Have their names and addresses attached inside their costumes.
  • Bring home treats before eating them so parents can inspect them. When children get home, parents should inspect all candy and other treats before they are eaten. Discard all unwrapped or loosely wrapped candy or fruit.
  • Be a good goblin! Don’t damage other people’s property.

Information for adults:

  • If you have any questions about suspicious looking treats, call the police department emergency number,  911.
  • Parents and children should carve pumpkins on a stable, flat surface with good lighting. Small children should never carve pumpkins. Instead, they can help by drawing faces with markers, while a parent does the cutting. Older children carving pumpkins should always be supervised.
  • Adults should only give and accept wrapped or packaged candy.
  • Adults should keep porch lights on and their driveways illuminated.
  • Homeowners should ensure that their walkways are cleared of debris on which children may trip and fall.
  • Parents should cut into fruit, such as apples, to make sure they do not contain foreign objects.
  • If in doubt, throw it out! rn r, along sidewalks and in parking areas.

Enter & For more information on family safety or other programs contact and search keyword Halloween:

Know the Rules...Safety Tips for Halloween
(National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

Tricks, Treats, Costumes & Safety
(American Red Cross)

       National Crime Prevention Council Online Resource Center
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