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2019 Trick-or-Treat Hours & Tips for Halloween

Halloween is just around the bend and the witching hour is fast approaching. We’re sure your own little goblins are getting excited with anticipation.

We wanted to pull together two key things that we thought would be of interest: trick-or-treating times for the McHenry County communities and some helpful Halloween tips and tricks.

For the times, we have amassed quite a collection of official trick-or-treating times, so please share (buttons below) with your network of friends. We’re still a little short, but will add other times when we get them.

As for tips, once we came across the following on Parent Hacks, we realized that this list was too good not to share.

Check out this great list of Halloween tips. If you see anything you like, just click on the Parent Hacks link below which will take you to the full list and to get to each of the individual tips.

Easy Halloween Tips:
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Check out Parent Hacks for all of these great Halloween tips!

Getting ready

  • How do you prepare a toddler for his first Halloween?
  • Never again forget how much Halloween candy to buy
  • Combine door-to-door trick-or-treating with a block party for grownup fun
  • Favorite Halloween books? Talk amongst yourselves.
  • “All Hallows Eve” tells the story of the Halloween Fairy (you know, the one who exchanges the candy for a toy?)
  • Consider keeping the Halloween costume packed away till October 31
  • Skip the Halloween candy! Trick-or-treat for UNICEF
  • Halloween craft: Turn a canvas tote into reusable trick or treat bag
  • A “trick” to help kids remember to say ‘thank you’
  • How to make a Halloween horror movie with your kids
  • Halloween: it’s okay if you’re not prepared

Easy Halloween Costumes

  • No-sew modular Halloween costumes (a huge Hedra favorite around here)
  • No-prep costume: Baby Einstein
  • Baby lotion takes the face paint off
  • Turn Build-a-Bear Workshop outfits into baby Halloween costumes
  • Self-adhesive DOT-It LED light as Halloween headlamp
  • No Halloween costume yet? Swap!
  • Getting a too-big costume hat to fit
  • FlashBrite reflective stick-on patches add nighttime visibility to Halloween costumes
  • Halloween costume hack: turn laptop bag pouches into play holsters
  • Last-minute Halloween costumes from your closet

Halloween candy, treats and toys

  • Tootsie Pop ghosts as decoration and hand-outs
  • Watch out for lead in Halloween props and toys
  • Martha Stewart’s Spiderweb Cheesecake: A hack
  • How to have an allergy-free Halloween
  • Give toys instead of candy
  • No-effort entertainment: glow sticks
  • Non-candy treat: Halloween-themed erasers

Halloween Decorations

  • Tootsie Pop ghosts as decoration and hand-outs
  • Halloween hack: Make a paper jack-o’-lantern
  • Plastic pumpkin head Chia Pets
  • DIY window clings with fabric paint

Jack O’lanterns and pumpkins

  • Prolong the life of cut pumpkins with petroleum jelly
  • Cut the jack-o’-lantern hole in the bottom of the pumpkin
  • Let your toddler glue a face on the pumpkin
  • Hollow out the Jack-o’-lantern pumpkin with an ice cream scoop
  • “Paint” mini pumpkins with colored Sharpies
  • Flame-free Jack o’ Lantern: use Christmas lights!

After Halloween

  • Store the Halloween books with the decorations
  • Storing vinyl cling decorations
  • Expand the dress-up wardrobe with discounted Halloween costumes
  • How do you dole out the Halloween candy?
  • Halloween Fairy swaps candy for toys
  • Buy your kid’s Halloween candy
  • Use excess Halloween candy as cookie ingredients
  • Save leftover candy for holiday gingerbread houses
  • Still got Halloween candy lying around? Give it to the “goblins.”
  • More ideas for using up the Halloween candy
  • Long-term thinking about Halloween candy management
  • Turn your disintegrating Jack O’Lantern into a garden experiment

McHenry County
2019 Trick-or-Treating Hours

Location Date Hours
Algonquin 10/31/19 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Barrington Hills 10/31/19 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Bull Valley 10/31/19 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Cary 10/31/19 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Crystal Lake 10/31/19 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Fox Lake 10/31/19 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Fox River Grove 10/31/19 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Greenwood 10/31/19 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Harvard 10/31/19 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Hebron 10/31/19 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Holiday Hills 10/31/19 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Huntley 10/31/19 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Island Lake 10/31/19 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Johnsburg 11/2/19 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Lake in the Hills 10/31/19 2:00pm – 8:00pm
Lakemoor 10/31/19 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Lakewood 10/31/19 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Marengo 11/2/19 3:00pm – 7:00pm
McCullom Lake 10/31/19 4:00pm – 7:00pm
McHenry 10/31/19 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Oakwood Hills 11/2/19 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Port Barrington 10/31/19 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Prairie Grove 10/31/19 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Richmond 10/31/19 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Ringwood 11/2/19 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Spring Grove 10/31/19 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Trout Valley 10/31/19 4:00pm – 7:00pm†
Union 10/31/19 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Wonder Lake 10/31/19 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Woodstock 10/31/19 4:00pm – 7:00pm

*Note: all times are subject to change.
†Unconfirmed.

Last Word on Passwords

Lately, it’s hard to go a week or month it seems without hearing about some site being hacked, logins and passwords stolen or compromised, etc. Suddenly we have to be aware of scary sounding things like Heartbleed and OpenSSL vulnerabilities or the Shellshock Bash Bug, to innocent sweet sounding names like POODLE. Short of completely unplugging from the grid, there isn’t a 100% way of preventing these issues, but there are some key things that you can do to decrease the chances and limit the damage.

Working in online fields for over a decade now and working within digital agencies, Jill and I know about the challenges of maintaining logins. Not only do we have a large number of logins to various sites for our own personal and business needs, we are often entrusted with logins of client accounts as well. In fact, we might have multiple logins for a single site! Keeping this all straight in our heads is not an option, nor is using the same login, not that we’d want to or recommend, across multiple sites an option either.

The issue of user accounts, logins and passwords is so critically important that I want to take a moment to share our approach and tell you how you can probably dramatically increase your own security at zero cost. Before I cover that, let’s address a couple key issues.

No One Will Ever Guess

When ever the topic of online security comes up, invariably someone will utter the “no one will ever guess my login/password” phrase. For the most part, I agree nearly 100%. If you envision some unshaven, grungy-looking guy, hunched over a keyboard sitting in a dark basement, typing away trying to hack into your account, then it’s time to wake up. First, while there may be some of those characters out and about, they aren’t necessarily the norm or even the ones to be worried about. Instead, they are business people who look just like you and I.

While you and I may consider this to be a despicable, sleazy business doesn’t matter. Understand though that for them, this is a business. This is an important concept because it helps in understanding that, like all businesses, their goal is to be as efficient and profitable as possible. Obviously then, having one or even hundreds of people trying to manually hack into accounts is neither efficient nor profitable. Thanks to the power of technology and programming, this is all automated. Not only is this automated from the standpoint of attempting combinations of words or phrases (dictionary attack), but from analyzing the most likely words and phrases based on popularity, keystrokes, combinations of characters, etc. And once a successful combination is found, it can be added to a database so that it is always checked, logged how frequently it is successful, likely derivations from it, and no doubt a whole list of other characteristics.

But It’s Such a Hassle

I absolutely agree that it can be a huge hassle if you are trying to keep track of a growing list of logins in your head. But other hassles related to this have mostly gone away. I remember “in the old days” when most sites didn’t have a “forgot your” password or username link. There might not have even been an easy way to even contact someone at some sites to help you get or reset this information. Fortunately, for the most part, this is not much of an issue any more.

So the biggest hassle now is keeping track of everything, and in a lot of cases, you might be able to login to a lot of sites now with other credentials like your Facebook, Twitter, or Google account. This is both a great convenience but also a huge risk because it once again exposes access to a large pool of sites via a single login. Fortunately, most critical sites like banks and credit card sites require you to have a separate account and login credentials for their site…though that still doesn’t prohibit you from using the same credentials you use on every other site.

The best, most secure logins are unique, complex, and random. Period.

Recommendation: Use Only One Login & Password

That’s right. After everything I said above, I’m recommending memorizing a single login and password. But…

Come on, you knew there was a “but” in there. In addition to your one login, I recommend using a password tool.

Our tool of choice for longer than I can even remember has been LastPass. They offer both free (quite possibly all you’ll need) and paid versions (super cheap) as well as an Enterprise version for businesses. There are more features than you can imagine and more being added all the time, and not just for the paid versions. Whether you use LastPass or some other password tool is entirely up to you, but if you’ve been holding off on using a tool, I highly suggest making the leap.