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Geneva children and parents are encouraged to trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods between the City’s recommended Halloween hours of 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.Families can get a jump start on their candy collection as downtown merchants offer free Halloween treats from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. Look for trick-or-treat signs in store windows for participating businesses. Geneva Commons also will host a Fall Fest from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 that will include free children's activities, candy treat bags and hayrides.The Geneva Police Department wants all little superheroes, princesses and scary monsters to have a fun and safe Halloween experience this year. Parents should take an active role in this process by making sure their families follow these safety tips:• 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 their vision is not compromised.• Small children should always be accompanied by an adult.• Older children should stick to familiar neighborhoods and travel in groups.
• Remind children to never go inside someone’s home when trick-or-treating.• Go out in the 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 substituted with soft foam rubber materials.• Make sure your child watches for traffic and understands basic traffic/pedestrian rules such as using crosswalks.The Geneva Police Department hopes everyone has an enjoyable Halloween.