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Promoting community safety is always our number one goal, and nobody does it better than the Geneva Police and Fire departments. While fighting crime and putting out fires is important, community education is another key component to making sure our residents have a "safety-first" mentality.

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Oct 01

Halloween Is Around The Corner

Posted on October 1, 2018 at 4:03 PM by Kevin Stahr

It is hard to believe that fall is already here. The summer season absolutely flew by quickly.

With the fall season comes cooler weather, football, and of course Halloween. The Geneva Police Department would like to take this opportunity to provide some safety reminders for those who plan on trick-or-treating this year. We recommend that Halloween trick-or-treating be conducted between 3 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The Police Department also recommends following these safety guidelines:

  • Wear light colored clothing or some type of reflective material for better visibility;
  • Ensure costumes fit and are worn in a manner that prevents tripping;
  • If children wear masks, make sure they can see clearly and their visibility is not obstructed;
  • Small children should always be accompanied by an adult;
  • It is best to trick-or-treat in groups;
  • Go out in daylight when possible and carry a flashlight for use if out after dark;
  • Only give and accept wrapped candy;
  • Examine all candy before allowing children to eat it;
  • Carrying hard props such as swords and daggers should be avoided. Substitute hard props with foam rubber props;
  • Stay within familiar neighborhoods. Only visit homes where you know the residents; and
  • Watch for traffic

The Geneva Police Department hopes everyone has a fun and safe Halloween.

Police Chief Eric Passarelli
Eric Passarelli
Geneva Police Chief