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Posted on: September 30, 2020

Halloween Trick-or-Treating Guidelines

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  • Recommended trick-or-treating hours for the Village of Winnetka are 2 PM – 6 PM on Saturday, October 31.
  • If you feel unwell, or members of your household are sick, please do not participate.
  • If your household will allow trick-or-treaters, decorate and/or light your house accordingly. You can also download and print signs indicating whether or not your household will participate in trick-or-treating and post them in a location that is visible to trick-or-treaters. (Signs courtesy of Elk Grove Village.) 
  • Respect households that choose not to participate and do not approach their homes.
  • Plan in advance for how your household will observe Halloween safely while minimizing COVID-19 risks. Hold a family discussion about your plan so all members of your household are aware of the plan.
  • Wear masks and practice social distancing if you choose to participate in Halloween-related activities. A costume mask does not count as an appropriate mask. 
  • Trick-or-treat with members of your household, as opposed to in groups with others. Maintain an appropriate distance from other trick-or-treating groups.
  • Avoid physical contact and communal bowls of candy when possible: a safer alternative is a station where packaged treats can be picked up without contact. The CDC has several lower-risk celebration ideas, as does the Illinois Department of Public Health.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be carried and used frequently.
  • Candy collected during trick-or-treating should not be consumed until after hand-washing. 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.

General Safety

  • If trick-or-treating in the dark, be sure to remain visible to passing vehicles and obey traffic safety rules:
    • Put electronic devices down.
    • Don’t run across streets.
    • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing streets.
    • Drivers, be extra alert for children in low light conditions who may be wearing dark costumes.
    • Parents, walk with children.

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