Halloween is just around the corner, but do you know when your community has designated trick-or-treat times? From Chicago out to the suburbs, there are plenty of communities that have certain times where trick-or-treating is encouraged. Want to know when to go? Check out this list for trick-or-treating times in some of the Chicago suburbs for Halloween 2014.
Halloween gets an early start with trick-or-treating in Buffalo Grove from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.
Evanston has trick-or-treating on Oct. 31 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Trick-or-treating hours in Lombard are 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.
Naperville does not have an ordinance regarding trick-or-treat times.
Northbrook’s trick-or-treating hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.
Trick-or-treating in Oak Park is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.
Park Ridge has trick-or-treating hours between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.
Skokie’s trick-or-treating hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.
Head out to Wheaton for trick-or-treating from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.
Heads up: Chicago does not have any set times for trick-or-treating.
If your community is not listed above, you can contact the village or town hall for additional information. You can also discuss trick-or-treating times with other parents in your neighborhood and see when is an appropriate time to head out the door on Halloween. When in doubt, use your best judgment; start after school and plan to finish trick-or-treating by about 7 p.m.
Before your kids ring that first doorbell on Halloween, keep a few tips in mind. Supervise your child while trick-or-treating, and inspect all candy and treats. Skip homes that look dark, as the owners may be away or don’t want to be disturbed. If it’s possible, avoid trick-or-treating outside of the designated times in your community. You don’t want your neighbors to feel annoyed with a late knock on the door.
Don’t forget to keep your child’s comfort in mind when planning your trick-or-treating route this Halloween. You don’t want to plan an overly ambitious route if your child is small and can’t cover walk long distances. Keep an extra sweatshirt on hand, too, because the temperatures drop quickly after sunset in Chicago.
Keep in mind that Halloween falls on a Friday this year, which means you may see more trick-or-treaters than usual. If you’re staying home, then plan accordingly when selecting goodies to hand out to trick-or-treaters this year, especially if the weather ends up being favorable.