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Posted on: October 6, 2020

Celebrating Halloween This Year

Both the Center for Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health have issued guidance on participating in Halloween festivities, in light of the pandemic.

The Village encourages residents to review public health guidance before participating in Halloween activities.

The Village understands that not every resident may feel comfortable with trick-or-treating this year. We have designed signs for residents to place in their windows to designate whether or not your home is open to receiving trick-or-treaters this year. Residents may download the sign below or pick up a copy at Village Hall, 550 W Irving Park Road.

We ask everyone to be a good neighbor and to be respectful of others and their decisions to participate/not participate in Trick-or-Treating this year. For those who wish to trick-or-treat, recommended hours are from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 31st.

Sign #1 - Trick-or-Treaters Welcome
Those interested in participating in trick-or-treating are asked to turn ON porch or outdoor lights and place the “Trick-or-Treaters Welcome” sign on their window or door.

Download the sign

Sign #2 - Please No Trick-or-Treaters
Those who are not interested in participating are asked to leave their outdoor lights off and place the “Please, No Trick-or-Treaters” sign on their window or door.

Download the sign

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Trick or Treaters

Going Door-to-Door Recommendations

  • Do not participate in trick-or-treating if you are feeling unwell.
  • Families going door-to-door are should wear face coverings at all times. Per the CDC, a Halloween costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask or face covering.
  • Trick-or-treating groups should be kept small.
  • Maintain a safe distance from other groups and wait to approach a house until the previous group has left.
  • Trick-or-treaters are asked to please take note of trick-or-treating signs posted in throughout the Village and only approach houses with "Trick-or-Treaters Welcome" sign. 
  • Take sanitizer with you when out to trick-or-treating.
  • Make sure children wash their hands after trick-or-treating, especially before eating their candy.
  • Not all families may feel comfortable participating in trick-or-treating this year; remind children not to ring the doorbell if a light is not on or if they see a sign posted.


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Participating Households

Passing Out Treats Recommendations

  • Do not participate in trick-or-treating if you are feeling unwell.
  • Turn on your porch lamp or outdoor lights to show that your home is welcoming trick-or-treaters.
  • Post a green welcome sign. You may download a sign here.
  • Individuals choosing to pass out candy should wear face coverings at all times.
  • Keep hand sanitizer near your door for you and for trick-or-treaters.
  • Instead of inviting children to take a treat from a communal bowl, ask them to tell you their choice and place it in their bag for them, rather than allowing them to reach into a bowl.
  • Consider passing out candy through alternative ways:
    • Create candy goody bags using recyclable paper bags and place them in your yard or driveway for children to pick up themselves.
    • Create a candy tube or slide that can send candy directly towards children while maintaining an appropriate distance. 
    • Offer candy spread out on a disinfected table.

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General Halloween Reminders

  • Before heading out, make sure masks and costumes fit properly, to avoid bumps and falls. 
  • Bring a flashlight or a glow stick to help with visibility. 
  • Decorate costumes and trick-or-treat bags with reflective tape or stickers. 
  • Plan a safe route and avoid cutting through alleys, backyards, or unlit areas. 
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. 
  • Remind children to look both ways before crossing the street and to cross at corners only. Use sidewalks, not the street, for walking. Never run between parked vehicles.
  • Warn children not to eat any treats until you've had a chance to inspect them. When in doubt, throw it out.

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