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Halloween in Schaumburg

This year, Halloween will occur on Tuesday, October 31. The village recommends trick-or-treating hours be limited between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31 during daylight hours. 

The Schaumburg Police Department asks residents to follow the recommendations listed below to ensure the safety of all participants: 

  • Children should trick-or-treat on well-lit streets in their own neighborhood. Parents or other responsible adults should accompany young children.        
  • Children should never enter any home to receive treats or for any other reason. 
  • If children are out after dark, one member of each group should have a flashlight. 
  • Children should be dressed in light-colored clothing or wear reflective tape. 
  • Costumes should fit well and not limit mobility or obstruct vision. Avoid costumes requiring “weapons” of any kind. 
  • Children and adults should always walk on the sidewalks and cross streets at the crosswalks. Never run between parked vehicles. 
  • All treats should be examined by a parent before they are eaten. Cut and wash fruit before eating. Throw away anything unwrapped. Check wrapped candy for signs of tampering. Call the police to report any suspicious treats.

The Schaumburg Fire Department also reminds residents the holiday can remain safe by following a few easy fire safety tips:

  • When purchasing a costume, be sure it is made of fire retardant material and avoid long, flowing fabrics.
  • Provide children with flashlights to carry during trick-or-treating.
  • Keep exits clear of decorations so that nothing blocks escape routes. 
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks, hay bales, and crepe paper are highly flammable!  Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources. 
  • If going to Halloween parties, look for ways out of the home or building in case of emergency.  
  • Tell children to stay away from open flames.  Make sure they know how to stop, drop, & roll if their clothing catches fire. 
  • Use a battery operated candle to light a jack-o-lantern.  If you choose a real candle, use extreme caution and place the lit pumpkin away from anything that can burn.

Households welcoming children should leave on porch lights or other exterior lighting. Never ask children to step inside to receive treats and call 911 immediately if it is suspected a child is lost or in trouble. The police department recommends only distributing wrapped candy to children.

In place of neighborhood trick-or-treating, residents may wish to direct children to a supervised activity like those provided by the Schaumburg Park District. For further information, call (847) 490-7020 or visit the park district's website.

The Village of Schaumburg wishes to ensure the safety and tradition of a Happy Halloween. Motorists are reminded to watch carefully for costumed children who might not always be alert enough to be watch out for cars.


Looking to recycle your pumpkin?  Seventeen locations are available in the area through SCARCE.