Traditional Trick-or-Treating is a High-Risk Activity Due to COVID
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers traditional (door-to-door) Trick-or-Treating a high-risk activity for spreading COVID 19 and other viruses. The Village strongly discourages traditional Trick-or-Treating and encourages low-risk alternatives such as special family events at home or using social media and other meeting platforms to connect with family and friends. However, the decision to participate in traditional Trick-or-Treating is up to each household. We ask everyone to be a good neighbor and to please be respectful of others and their decisions to participate/not participate in traditional Trick-or-Treating this year.
2020 Trick-or-Treating hours in the Village will be authorized from 3:30 – 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31. Households participating in Trick-or-Treating are asked to turn on their porch/outdoor lights during the authorized hours. Households not interested in participating should turn off their porch light and minimize exterior lighting. Trick-or-Treaters should only visit homes that have their porch/outdoor lights on. In addition to, or in lieu of, using the porch light, residents may wish to also display one of the Trick or Treat flyers in a visible area near the front door of their home.
Those choosing to participate in traditional Trick-or-Treating should adhere to the following guidelines from the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health:
- Do not participate in Trick-or-Treating if you or a member of your household is not feeling well, if you have recently returned from a hotspot state, if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, if you know that you have been exposed to COVID-19, or if you are at increased risk for severe illness.
- If you prepare goodie/treat bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before preparing the bags.
- Outdoor areas are preferred for Trick-or-Treating. Instead of waiting at the doorway for Trick-or-Treaters, wait at a lawn area or driveway to maintain safe distances. Consider contactless “one-way” Trick-or-Treating by placing individually wrapped treats in rows (not touching other treats) and allow families to “grab and go” while continuing to social distance.
- Individuals passing out candy should wear face coverings and gloves and drop candy into Trick-or-Treaters’ containers. Do not distribute homemade treats or fruit. Consider individually packaged treat bags rather than a communal candy bowl. Trick-or-Treaters should reach into a communal container to take treats.
- Frequently use hand sanitizer and sanitize high touch points such as a doorbell. When possible, use a motion activated decoration to announce Trick-or-Treaters.
- Those going door-to-door should wear face coverings at all times. A Halloween costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask or face covering unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose.
- Trick-or-Treating groups should be limited to 6 people. Each groups should maintain a safe distance from other groups and wait to approach a house until the previous group has left.
Keep the following general safety tips in mind for Trick-or-Treating:
- Parents or an older sibling should accompany children and make sure they don't enter anyone's home without your permission.
- Map out a Trick-or-Treat route for your children to follow.
- Make sure kids cross only at corners and look in all directions first. Caution them against crossing the street between parked cars, where drivers may not be able to see them.
- Remind them to use sidewalks or walk facing traffic so approaching cars can be seen.
- Fasten reflective tape to costumes and/or bags to help drivers see them.
- Warn children not to eat any goodies until parents have had a chance to inspect them. When in doubt, throw it out.
For additional information, check out the Halloween Health & Safety Tips from the CDC and Halloween Festivities Guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).