“Big Brother is Watching” is a phrase first attributed to George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty Four initially referring to government surveillance and now being used to connote an overbearing government
Big Brother May or May Not Be Watching But one Trustee is at least giving parenting advice.
Big Brother Alex.
Trustee Alex Olejniczak, who led the charge five years ago to reduce the hours of trick or treating, used his new business report at a recent village board meeting to once again talk about trick or treating and curfew.
Olejniczak announced that trick or treat hours are 3 p.m to 8 p.m. He then asked Police Chief Mike Murray to speak about the curfew. Murray reluctantly walked to the podium to explain that curfew in Oak Lawn for anyone under 18 years of old is 10:30 p.m. on the weekdays.
Olejniczak then turned his attention to parents who may may have children who will take mischief to another level. He said:
We all have children and we all know Halloween is a very active time and if we have high schoolers we have to be very aware that there could be burma shave or eggs that would come out and you would hope that you are watching your kids to make, who’s giggling back there. You would hope that your kids would not be involved in something like that but the best thing a parent can do is be proactive with their kid explaining to them what’s acceptable and what’s not acceptable and also supporting our police force in the difficult job they have to do.
He also said that the police will have a full force out on the streets. He admitted that Oak Lawn children had not caused any serious trouble saying “nothing bad” has happened.
Olejniczak continued with his parenting advice adding:
We want to make sure we make it through this Halloween by making sure our children behave while they are out there and are respectful to the neighbors and other kids that are out there.
In 2011, Olejniczak, over the objection of some parents, led the charge to shorten trick or treat hours to 7 p.m. However, those hours have now been extended to 8 p.m.