The Village will not ban trick-or-treating; however, anyone who opts to participate must comply with CDC and IDPH guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Illinois Department of Public Health classify trick-or-treating as a high risk activity in terms of the potential to spread COVID-19.
If you decide to pass out treats or take your children trick-or-treating door to door, please take the following steps to minimize your risk of contracting COVID-19 or spreading it to others.
- Wear a COVID-19 compliant mask, not a Halloween mask, at all times while trick-or-treating or passing out treats.
- Maintain a distance of at least 6 ft from others while trick-or-treating.
- Do not open any treats while you are out walking. Wait until everyone gets home.
- Use alcohol based hand sanitizer frequently while trick or treating.
- Wash hands thoroughly before touching anything.
- Consider letting treats sit overnight before indulging. If the virus is present, it will have time to degrade.
If you plan to pass out treats, keep your front porch lights on from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Halloween, Saturday, October 31. If you do not plan to pass out treats, do not put your front porch lights on. Consider setting out a table with treats displayed at a safe distance. The village will make a PDF available for download that residents can print and put in their front window to indicate that they are welcoming trick-or-treaters. The document will also be available at the Village Office and Parks & Recreation Office.
Find Illinois Department of Public Health Guidance here.
Find Centers for Disease Control Guidance here.
Have a safe and spooky Halloween!