Illinois Valley trick-or-treat hours 2023: La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties

Costumed children line up Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, to get a treat from Main Street Market during Streator's downtown trick-or-treating event.

A schedule of trick-or-treating times for La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties, along with neighboring communities just outside the area. All times are for Tuesday, Oct. 31, Halloween night, unless otherwise noted.

Buda: 5 to 7 p.m.

Cedar Point: 5 to 7 p.m.

Cherry: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Compton: 5 to 7 p.m. (Trunk or treat set up at Compton Park)

Cornell: 4 to 7 p.m.

Dalzell: 5 to 7 p.m.

Dana: 6 to 8 p.m.

DePue: 5 to 7 p.m.

Dwight: 4 to 7 p.m.

Earlville: 4 to 8 p.m.

Flanagan: 4 to 7 p.m. (weenie roast 5 to 8 p.m. Legion Lake/park)

Grand Ridge: 6 to 8 p.m.

Granville: 6 to 8 p.m.

Hennepin: 5 to 7 p.m.

Henry: 5 to 7 p.m. (business trick or treat 3 to 5 p.m.)

Hollowayville: 5 to 7 p.m.

La Salle: 5 to 7 p.m.

Ladd: 5 to 7 p.m.

Leland: 4 to 8 p.m.

Leonore: 5 to 7 p.m.

Lostant: 5 to 7 p.m.

Magnolia: 5 to 7 p.m.

Mark: 6 to 8 p.m.

Marseilles: 5 to 7 p.m.

Mazon: 4 to 6:30 p.m.

McNabb: 5 to 7 p.m.

Mendota: 5 to 7 p.m.

Minonk: 5 to 7 p.m.

Morris: 5 to 7 p.m.

Naplate: 6 to 8 p.m.

Neponset: 5 to 7 p.m.

Newark: 4 to 7 p.m.

Oglesby: 5 to 7 p.m.

Ottawa: 6 to 8 p.m.

Paw Paw: 4 to 7 p.m.

Peru: 5 to 7 p.m.

Plano: 3 to 7 p.m.

Princeton: 5 to 8 p.m.

Ransom: 6 to 8 p.m.

Rutland: 5 to 7 p.m.

Sandwich: 4 to 8 p.m.

Seatonville: 5 to 7 p.m.

Seneca: 5 to 7 p.m.

Sheffield: 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Sheridan: 4 to 7 p.m.

Somonauk: 4 to 7 p.m.

Spring Valley: 5 to 7 p.m.

Sublette: 5 to 7 p.m.

Streator: 5 to 7 p.m.

Tiskilwa: 4:30 to 7 p.m. (Sunday, Oct. 29)

Toluca: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tonica: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Utica: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Walnut: 4 to 7 p.m.

Wenona: 4 to 7 p.m.

West Brooklyn: 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Wyanet: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

If your community is not listed, email newsroom@mywebtimes.com with trick-or-treat hours and the newspaper will publish them in a future edition.

Your guide to trick or treating

The Illinois Department of Public Health is advising Illinoisans to plan ahead so they can celebrate the harvest holiday happily instead of horrifyingly.

Trick-or-treaters who are feeling ill should get tested and stay home if sick, to avoid sharing any scary bugs. Those giving out treats should wash hands frequently. Party hosts should include outdoor spaces if possible and review options for improving ventilation in their homes to keep germs from spreading. And the best protection from respiratory bugaboos like COVID-19, the flu and RSV – protection that lasts through the fall and winter seasons - is to get fully vaccinated.

Here are additional tips offered by health and safety experts:

  • Wear costumes with “flame resistant” on the label. If you make a DIY costume, use flame-resistant fabrics such as polyester or nylon.
  • Wear bright, reflective costumes or add strips of reflective tape so you’ll be more visible when crossing streets.
  • Wear makeup and hats rather than costume masks that can obscure your vision.
  • Test the makeup you plan to use at least 24-48 hours in advance to avoid allergic reactions.
  • Vibrantly colored makeup is popular at Halloween. Check the FDA’s list of color additives to see if the colors are FDA approved. If they aren’t approved for their intended use, don’t use them. This is especially important for colored makeup around the eyes.
  • Don’t wear decorative (colored) contact lenses that appear to change how your eyes look due to the risk of eye injury unless you have seen an eye care professional for a proper fitting and been given instructions for how to use the lenses.

When it comes to enjoying Halloween treats and sweets, the FDA offers the following nutritional and safety tips for trick-or-treaters:

  • Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home.
  • Eat a snack before heading out to avoid the temptation of nibbling on a treat before it has been inspected.
  • In case of a food allergy, check the label to ensure the allergen isn’t present. Tell children not to accept — or eat — anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
  • Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys from the Halloween bags.
  • Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) also reminds the public to beware of Halloween holiday hazards. Over the past three years, CPSC estimates that an annual average of 3,200 Halloween-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments.

Here’s how the injuries break down:

  • 55% were related to pumpkin carving;
  • 25% were due to falls while putting up or taking down decorations, tripping on costumes or walking while trick-or-treating;
  • 20% of the injuries included lacerations, ingestions and other injuries associated with costumes, pumpkins or decorations, and allergic reactions or rashes.

Among the injured, 54 percent were adults 18 years and over, 46 percent were under 18 years old, and about 10 percent of all injuries were to children 6 years old or younger.

Stay safe this Halloween by observing the following CPSC safety tips:

Pumpkin Carving:

  • Leave pumpkin carving to the adults. Child helpers can grab a spoon and scoop out the inside or use a marker to trace the design.
  • When your jack-o’-lantern masterpiece is ready, use battery-operated lights or glow sticks rather than an open-flame candle.
  • If using open-flame candles, keep them away from curtains, decorations and other combustibles that could catch fire.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Check out the CPSC’s Halloween Safety DIY video: https://youtu.be/HF3as5MGlzY

Decorating:

  • Prevent fires by using battery-operated lights and glow sticks instead of candles.
  • Pay attention to placement of decorations. To help prevent falls, remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.
  • Use CPSC’s ladder safety tips to prevent injuries while putting up or taking down decorations.
  • Indoors or outside, only use lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory. Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets.

For more Halloween Safety tips and resources, check out this site from the Illinois Poison Center.