2021 Trick-or-Treating - October 31st 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

October, 9, 2021

Trick-or-treating is Sunday, October 31 from 3 - 7 p.m. 

Illinois Department of Public Health Issues Updated COVID-19 Halloween and Fall Festivities Guidance

Click here to read the news release. 

Halloween During COVID-19

As you prepare your family for Halloween festivities, please be aware of the continued risks of COVID-19 exposure during trick-or-treating. For families that choose to trick-or-treat this year, please be considerate to those residents who have made a decision not to participate. 

Downloadable signs are available to put on your front door or another visible location so those who are trick-or-treating know whether your home is participating. Click here for a RED ‘no trick-or-treaters’ sign if you are choosing not to participate this year. Click here for a GREEN ‘trick-or-treaters are welcome’ sign if you decide to pass out candy this year.

To promote social distancing, residents can consider alternatives to door-to-door trick-or-treating such as leaving individually wrapped candy or treats spread apart 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. Anyone participating in trick-or-treating, including those distributing candy, should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially before consuming candy. If social distancing is not possible, individuals are encouraged to wear proper face covers, regardless of vaccination status. A costume mask, such as those worn for Halloween, is not a substitute for a face cover. If face covers are worn under costume masks, please ensure this does not create breathing problems for young children, and if so, consider discarding the costume mask. Do not participate in trick-or-treating if you are feeling unwell, if you are awaiting COVID-19 test results or if you know you have been exposed to COVID-19.

Halloween Safety Tips from the Police Department

When trick-or-treating this year, please be sure to follow these important safety tips from the Police Department. 

  • Do not trick-or-treat alone: Kids under age 12 should always go trick-or-treating with an adult, and older kids should always have a friend

  • Have a safe costume: Costumes should be visible to vehicles and others, should fit properly to prevent tripping and allow full vision, and be flame retardant or flame-proof. 

  • Find a safe path: Stay on sidewalks, obey traffic and carry a flashlight after dark 

  • Only approach homes that are well lit and only approach the front door.

  • Check candy: Throw out candy with torn packages or holes in the packages, spoiled items or homemade treats from strangers. Keep hard candy or gum that could cause choking away from small children.

At your home, avoid flames. Instead of using a candle in a pumpkin, try an electric-candle or glowstick. Turn on exterior lights after dark. Make sure that a path is clear for trick-or-treaters by removing anything that could cause visitors to trip and fall. Keep family pets away from trick-or-treaters, even if they seem harmless to you. Have a fun and safe Halloween!