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Posted on: September 15, 2020


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Updated October 15, 2020

Trick-or-Treating will be held on Saturday, October 31 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

If you prefer not to participate in trick-or-treating, please turn off your porch lights and post a notice to let trick-or-treaters know that you are not participating this year. The City has prepared a sign for residents to download, print, and post. 

On September 30, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) released Halloween Guidance to encourage safe practices related to COVID-19 during this year's celebration. IDPH's guidelines outline safety measures specific to neighborhood trick-or-treating, alternative activities, pumpkin patches, haunted houses, and more.

Neighborhood Trick-or-Treating Guidelines (IDPH)

  1. 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.
  2. All individuals participating in trick-or-treating, including those passing out candy should maintain social distance of 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.  
  3. 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.
  4. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be carried and used frequently.
  5. 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.
  6. And, of course, practice good dental hygiene as well.
  7. 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.

IDPH Halloween Guidance (PDF)

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