You've started buying bags of candy (and may need to replenish if anyone in your family has found them!).
So, now, when can kids go trick-or-treating in Lake in the Hills this Halloween?
The Village of Lake in the Hills' recommended 2013 Trick-or-Treating hours are from 2 to 8 p.m.
The public also is invited to join the Lake in the Hills Police Department for a night of “safe” trick-or-treating at the Safety Education Center from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.
The Center is located next to the police department at 1115 Crystal Lake Rd., Lake in the Hills.
Volunteers dress up in costumes and pass out candy from the individual "store" fronts and buildings at Safety Town. This is a great event - especially for very young trick-or-treaters.
LITH Police also recommend the following Halloween Safety Tips:
- Drivers should pay particular attention when driving through residential areas being constantly ready for a darting young ghost.
- Drivers shouldn’t use their cell phone while driving on Halloween night. Driver distraction has caused an increase in traffic crashes and there will be many young children out that night.
- The obvious checking of candy before your children eat is a must, but consider making sure they have a filling meal prior to trick-or-treating to reduce their chance of sneaking a snack out of hunger before your inspection.
- Costumes should be flame retardant, and if they don’t already have some type of reflective tape, see if you can somehow work some into the costume. Visibility is a must if they happen to get excited and run ahead of you.
- While not a pleasant thing to think of, Halloween is a night child predators could look for victims. Parents can access the Illinois State Police Sex Offender Registration website and enter your address. The map will show you the addresses of all registered sex offenders within the distance of your home.
- Finally, for our four-legged family members remember that constant doorbell ringing and knocking may be too much excitement for them to handle. Consider setting up a quiet room for them where they can escape the anxiety. It is also important to remember that a dog may nip at kids in costumes if frightened and they may also get loose with the frequent door openings. And finally, remember that candy is never good for animals, and chocolate is toxic to them.