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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 02

Geneva Police Offer Halloween Safety Tips

Posted on October 2, 2019 at 11:47 AM by Kevin Stahr

Halloween Trick-Or-Treating
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.

The police department recommends Halloween trick-or-treating be conducted between 3 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31. Police also would like to pass along the following these safety guidelines to families:

  • 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 materials;

  • Stay within familiar neighborhoods. Only visit homes where you know the residents;

  • Take your treats at the front door. Do not enter a stranger’s home without a trusted adult;

  • Look both ways prior to crossing the street and utilize a marked crosswalk whenever possible; and

  • Only walk on sidewalks when possible

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