halloweenkidsAccording to a study done by SmartAsset, the Midwest has the overall safest cities to trick-or-treat in. Seven of the top 10 cities were found in the Midwest, including two of our very own cities, Aurora and Elgin.

Aurora was ranked number 4 because of its low crime rates and its population density, which makes it not only safe but gives children the opportunity to have their bags filled by the end of the night. Aurora’s trick-or-treating hours are 4:30 – 7 p.m. on Halloween.

Elgin was also recognized and ranked number 9 as one of the safest cities to trick-or-treat in by having the lowest property crime rate in the study. The city of Elgin has trick-or-treating hours on Halloween from 4 – 7 p.m.

Although the study recognized and applauded the top 10 safest cities, Joliet was close behind, ranked number 11.

The study was conducted by looking at the percentage of children under the age of 15, violent and property crime rates, weather, and population density.

With Morton being the pumpkin capital of the world and corn fields on every corner, Halloween season in Illinois is guaranteed to be a huge celebration. The fun can range from visiting a pumpkin patch to visiting a spooky haunted house late in the evening. No matter where in Illinois you live, the lists of fall events are endless.

Make sure to take advantage of all the fun, family-friendly events being held near you. Explore the links below for more information.

For Halloween events in the Springfield and surrounding area, click here.
For events and trick-or-treating hours in Southern Illinois, click here.
For a full list of trick-or-treating hours in Illinois, click here.
For Halloween Safety tips from the Champaign Police, click here.