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Halloween in Downers Grove

Trick-orTreating Hours

Beware of little ghosts and goblins knocking at your door. Trick-or-Treating in the Village will be on Thursday, October 31, 2019. While there are no mandated hours, the Police Department recommends trick-or-treating during daylight hours.


Anyone under 17 years of age is prohibited from being on the street after 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Safety Tips for Kids

The Downers Grove Police Department offers the following tips for a happy, not haunted holiday:

  • Kids should trick-or-treat with parents or in groups - never alone.

  • Wear light colored or reflective clothing. Decorate your costume and treat bag with reflective tape.

  • Choose face paint and makeup rather than masks that block your vision. If you do choose a mask, it should not obstruct vision.

  • Stay on the sidewalk and watch for cars backing out of driveways.

  • Cross streets at corners using the crosswalks and traffic signals.

  • Do not be distracted by talking on the cell phone while walking near roadways.

  • Only accept treats that are wrapped and securely sealed.

  • Parents should check treats before they are eaten.

  • Vandalism is a crime.  Please remember that Halloween is not an excuse to damage or destroy someone else's property.

Safety Tips for Drivers

  • Slow down - kids are excited on Halloween and they may not be paying attention when near the roadway. 
  • Use caution entering and exiting driveways. 
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can be alert to your surroundings. 

Have A Safe and Happy Halloween!

Pumpkin Collection/Composting

November 2, 2019
Various locations including Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South High Schools
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Don't Let Your Waste Haunt You, Compost Your Pumpkin! Why compost pumpkins?

  • They are full of nutrients that are good for the soil. 
  • They are 90% water. 
  • Most of the pumpkins processed in the United States are grown in Illinois - keep the water and nutrients here! 
  • Landfills are the 3rd largest producers of methane gas.

Pumpkins only! Check the SCARCE website for the latest details & locations.