Pumpkin Composting Event

Wednesday, November 7
9 a.m.-1 p.m., 
Public Works Building (325 Temple Court)

Did you buy pumpkins for Halloween? Do you have a jack-o-lantern on your front porch that is past its prime? Don't throw it away--compost your pumpkin instead at this one-day event! Pumpkins should be clean and any candles, yarn, stickers or other decorations should be removed prior to drop-off. Pumpkins are full of nutrients that are good for the soil and are 90% water. As most of the pumpkins processed in the United States are grown in Illinois, composting here helps keep the water and nutrients local. 

Halloween Safety Tips and Reminders

Wednesday, October 31
4-8 p.m., throughout Glencoe

To make sure that even the scariest Halloween ghouls and goblins have a safe day, remember the following safety tips:

  • Check that your child’s costume is flame retardant and fits well so as to not be a tripping hazard.
  • Try make-up instead of masks – makeup is more comfortable and won’t obstruct vision. If your trick-or-treater does wear a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough for good peripheral vision.
  • Give your child a flashlight, glow stick or put reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.
  • Remind your child to never, ever enter into a stranger’s house or car for treats.
  • Tell your child not to eat any treats until you’ve given the okay. This way you can check for any problem candy and take your pick of a piece or two!
  • Instruct groups to stay together and make sure at least one child has a cell phone. A responsible adult or teen should accompany each group.
  • Plan a safe route with your older children so you know where they are at all times, and give them a time to return home.
  • If your child is carrying a prop, make sure that the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on.
  • Instruct children to be safe while crossing streets and to obey all traffic signs.