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Posted on: October 7, 2020

Trick or Treat Guidelines

Covid - Trick or Treating

  • Remember that it gets dark early 
  • You should only Trick or Treat in areas that you know
  • Trick or Treat with a parent/guardian.  
  • Bring a flashlight and cellphone for safety. 
  • Do not take or eat homemade treats or candy that has been open and/or has no wrapper.


Below are some of the guidelines from the Illinois Department of Health - *The Illinois Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control warn that we are still in a pandemic, and the safest way to celebrate Halloween is stay home.  If you wish to participate outside of the home, there are restrictions:

Wear masks, keep your distance, limit the size of any gatherings, wash your hands and be aware of only being with others who follow the guidelines.

If you think you could have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, do not participate in any in-person Halloween activities.

  • Anyone participating in trick-or-treating, including those passing out candy, should maintain 6-feet of social distance and wear proper face coverings.
  • Consider leaving individually wrapped candy (spaced apart) on a table in driveways or in front of walkways, sidewalks, or any outdoor space where 6-feet of distance can be maintained.
  • A Halloween costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask. Ensure that breathing is not impaired if a cloth mask is worn under a costume mask.  If so, discard the costume mask.
  • Trick-or-treat in groups with household members only.
  • Candy collected during trick-or-treating should not be eaten until after handwashing.
  • An alternative to traditional trick-or-treating is to set up in a large parking lot or other outdoor setting with tables with individually wrapped candy (spaced apart) where participants with a parent/guardian can parade past while still keeping 6-feet of distance and wearing a face covering.  It’s suggested to offer reserved time slots to limit everyone showing up at once.
  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Avoid being around people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Consider getting tested for COVID-19.

IDPH Halloween guidance can be found at:

CDC Halloween Guidelines can be found at:

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