On Saturday, October 14, Gurnee residents gathered up their costumes, walking shoes and trick-or-treat bags and descended upon Viking Park for the annual Halloween Trick or Treat Path.
Attendees trekked through the 38-acre village from house-to-house accompanied by almost 50 popular cartoon characters – from Elmo and Mickey Mouse to the Ninja Turtles and Disney princesses.
Located in the Gurnee Park District, Viking Park houses four half basketball courts, two tennis courts, paved multi-purpose trails, soccer fields and more.
Encompassing over 14 square miles, the Gurnee Park District is bordered by Continental Village, Hickory Hills & Hickory Road Manor developments west of Delany Road, and the northern part of the City of Waukegan – Countryside subdivision.
Before you and your family venture out this year for the festivities, the Village of Gurnee Police Department offers the following tips to ensure yours is a fun, safe and happy Halloween:
- Always accompany children when trick-or-treating.
- Be sure children’s costumes fit appropriately. This will help eliminate the risk of tripping and falling.
- If your child wears a mask, it should provide clear and unrestricted vision.
- Remove masks before crossing the street.
- Only go to houses where people appear to be home.
- Remind your child to never enter a stranger’s home.
- There could potentially be hundreds of parents and children in attendance. Be aware of the route your child is taking.
- Bring along a flashlight when walking outside after dark.
- Check any candy, treats or toys in your child’s trick-or-treat bag before they consume or play with them.
- Report any suspicious activities to the Village of Gurnee Police Department.
Anthony Buick GMC wanted to share a few fun facts of our own with parents of young trick-treaters: Gurnee, Illinois is a small village of about 32,000 residents. It’s rated 23 percent safer than other cities in Illinois and 37 percent safer than other cities in the U.S. With that in mind, the Halloween Trick or Treat Path is a community – friendly event and one designed for the whole family to enjoy. If you missed this year’s event make sure to wait and mark your calendars for next year!
This year, the walk was held from 1pm -3pm with the last walk through at 3:00. Registration is not required, but parents must attend with their children.
The event cost is $5 for residents and $10 for non-residents. Have proof of residency ready at the door.
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