Halloween is Sunday, Oct. 31, and local municipalities have announced trick-or-treating hours along with suggestions to keep your little ghouls and goblins safe this year.
Batavia: 4 to 7 p.m.
St. Charles: 3 to 7 p.m.
Geneva: 3 to 7 p.m.
Elburn: 3 to 7 p.m.
Sugar Grove: 3 to 7 p.m.
Tips to stay safe while trick-or-treating:
The Batavia Police Department in a social media post offered suggestions to keep children safe this Halloween. It recommends that children walk in small groups and not alone. Adults should accompany young children, carry flashlights after dark, only cross at crosswalks and use stick-on reflective tape.
The Illinois Department of Public Health also released safety guidelines. According to the IDPH website, trick-or-treating outdoors in small groups for a brief duration at each door is highly recommended. Hand-washing or sanitizing is recommended for anyone handing out and receiving treats.
Some alternatives to going door to door include trick-or-treating in a parking lot or other outdoor setting. Households can set out wrapped treats for trick-or-treaters to grab individually.