Rockford Trick-or-Treat hours: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31

Staff Report

One of the favorite holidays for children is quickly approaching. If you look out your windows, you will soon be able to see witches, ghosts, goblins, and movie and cartoon characters galore. The following tips for the City of Rockford can help children experience a safe and fun Halloween:

• Trick-or-Treat hours in the City of Rockford will be on Monday, Oct. 31, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

• Outside lights should be left on for everyone’s safety. Flashlights also help a great deal with safety and visibility.

• Caution should be used when carving pumpkins, so don’t leave children unsupervised with knives. Remember that open flames can be dangerous indoors or outdoors anywhere near where people will be walking.

Trick-or-Treaters are urged to wear light-colored clothing or reflective tape to be more visible. Costumes that are non-flammable, easy to walk in, and with unobstructed vision (large eye openings) are advised. Parents or other adults are urged to accompany children if at all possible.

For any safety questions, contact Rockford Police Department Sgt. Patrick Hoey at (815) 987-5941.

From the Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2011, issue

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