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Celebrate Halloween Safety

October 30, 2020 09:00 AM

While the City does not encourage trick-or-treating, families who do opt to participate may trick-or-treat on Saturday, October 31, 2020, between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The following guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health will help promote a safe experience:

  • As an alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating, anyone who would like to distribute treats should leave individually wrapped candy or treats on a table, on their front walkways, sidewalks, or any outdoor space that allows for at least 6 feet of social distance from the door. The individually wrapped candy should be spread out so each piece is not touching another. Anyone distributing candy or treats should wash their hands properly for at least 20 seconds before placing the candy on the table and when replenishing.
  • All individuals participating in trick-or-treating, including those passing out candy should maintain social distance of at least 6 feet and wear proper face coverings. A costume mask, such as those worn for Halloween, is not a substitute for a face covering. If face coverings are worn under costume masks, please ensure this does not create breathing problems, and if so, discard the costume mask.
  • Only household members should trick-or-treat together, and they should maintain 6-feet social distance from other trick-or-treaters at all times. Mixed household trick-or-treaters are discouraged.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be carried and used frequently.
  • Candy collected during trick-or-treating should not be consumed until after handwashing. As always, a parent/guardian should check all candy to make sure it is wrapped and should discard unwrapped candy.
  • Outdoor areas are preferred for trick-or-treating. Enclosed indoor areas, like apartment buildings, present greater risk of transmission. Open doors and windows as appropriate to promote increased ventilation.
  • And, of course, practice good dental hygiene as well.

The City understands not everyone may feel comfortable with trick-or-treating this year.  We have designed green and red signs for residents to place in their windows or visible areas for trick-or-treaters to identify whether you are welcoming them or not. 

If you are not interested in having trick-or-treaters visit your home, please keep your outdoor lights off and / or place a red sign in your window. 

If you are amendable to having trick-or-treaters visit your home, please turn on your outdoor lights and / or place a green sign in your window.  Please consider providing individually bagged candy as opposed to inviting children to take a treat from a shared bucket. 

Trick-or-treaters are asked to please take note of the green and red signs posted throughout the City.  Please be respectful of others and their decisions to participate / not participate in trick-or-treating this year.  Families participating in trick-or-treating activities are encouraged to maintain a safe distance from other trick-or-treating groups and to wait to approach a house until the previous group has left.


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