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Halloween Trick-Or-Treat Tuesday October 31st 2017 6:00 to 8:00 PM
(October 2, 2017)

Halloween 2017 Information

Sheriff Doug Cox eerily reminds all ghosts and goblins that this years hours for trick-or-treating in the unincorporated haunted areas of Johnson County, Indiana are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday October 31st  All little ghosts and goblins should cease their candy grabbing no later than 8 p.m. anywhere within haunted Johnson County. 

We want YOU to have a fun and SAFE Halloween 2017.  Here are a few safety tips to remember to help insure that you and your ghosts and goblins will remain safe this Halloween:

Plan your Halloween weekend ahead of time.

  • Know which the official Trick-or-Treat times for your area and abide by the hours designated. Halloween trick-or-treating is only slated to occur on Halloween - Tuesday October 31st, 2017.
  • You have a number of choices of how you might wish to celebrate Halloween; these events can occur on both weekend days and evenings.
    • You can take your children to a sponsored event, or more than one event. Churches, shopping centers and malls, city parks and recreation departments, public libraries and schools can all be sponsors of trick or treat events this weekend.
    • You can do traditional house to house trick or treating.
    • You can host a Halloween party so the kids have a safe place to be. A video, apple cider, hot chocolate and pumpkins can go a long way in keeping kids safe.


 Plan your trick or treating route.

  • If you live in an established child-oriented neighborhood, then you probably already have your route planned.
  • If you’re not certain what trick or treating route might be best, ask your neighbors. People who walk their dogs or jog can often tell you exactly where the safe, child-oriented neighborhoods are.

Make sure your children are costumed for safety.

  • It’s really important for each child to have glow bands or sticks, or reflective tape and flashlights so they can be seen in the dark.
    • We suggest you design their "lighting" so you can easily identify them, since we know kids tend to race around in the dark on this festive night. You may want to create a special pattern with reflective tape for the back of their costumes, or have a certain combination of glow band colors for children under your care.

Be visible and present for the children throughout the Halloween experience. 

  • Follow your children around, whether they like it or not.
  • When the children knock on the door to get a treat, stand behind them on the porch. That way the kids are free to enjoy themselves, and the person opening the door can clearly see an adult is caring for these children.
  • We recommend you remain just as present and just as vigilant at sponsored events. All sorts of people attend these events, and occasionally someone who is up-to-no-good will attend as well.

Prepare your children for Halloween safety.

  • Provide each child with a wristband with your name and cell phone number. Or, write this information on a piece of paper and place it in each child’s pocket.
  • Remind them to not get near cars or into cars without your express permission.
  • Remind them of who they can ask for help if they get lost - look for one of the many Sheriff's cars which will be patrolling in many neighborhoods!


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We wish you all a happy and safe Halloween!


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