Halloween Trick or Treating Guidelines & Recommendations

City of Warrenville's Trick or Treat Hours and Recommendations

After taking into consideration the Illinois Department of Public Health’s recommendations (PDF) and their Halloween Festivities Guidance for celebrating this year, the City has established the Trick or Treat hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 31st. You are encouraged to read the linked recommendations and guidance articles to determine which activities may or may not be best suited for you and your household. The CDC considers door-to-door trick or treating a high risk activity, and offers alternative suggestions to Halloween and other fall activities.

When making your Halloween plans, please take into consideration that not everyone may feel comfortable with trick or treaters coming to their homes this year. In an effort to help eliminate instances of little ghosts and goblins being turned away at the door, signs have been created for residents to print out and post. For those households indicating they will be participating in handing out treats, the green “Trick or Treaters Welcome!” sign can be posted.  For those households opting out of participating in handing out treats this year, the red circle “Sorry, No Treats this Year” sign can be posted. These signs are not the only ones that can be used, you may want to make your own.  If you choose to make your own sign, please make sure your option is clearly stated and easily distinguishable. 

Protective face masks/coverings should be worn while trick or treating. Since wearing both a protective face mask/covering and a costume mask may interfere with your child’s breathing, leave the protective face mask/covering on and the costume mask at home. Don’t forget to bring hand sanitizer to use along the way, and discuss and plan ahead for putting the candy away for 72 hours to let any potential germs naturally fade.  Whatever your plans are this year, be safe – be seen (or relax and have fun at home) and have a Happy Halloween!

     Yes, Trick or Treaters Welcome! (English / Spanish)  (PDF)

     Sorry, No Treats this Year (English / Spanish)  (PDF)

City of West Chicago's Recommendations & Guidelines

The CDC has issued COVID-19 related guidance regarding Halloween trick-or-treating. Click here to read through the public health recommendations. Since Halloween is not a City-sponsored event, please use your best judgement regarding whether or not to have your children go trick-or-treating door-to-door, which the CDC puts in the ‘Higher Risk’ category. In addition, please follow mask, distancing, and hand sanitizing guidelines. If you do not feel comfortable handing out candy this year, simply turn off your porch lights

The City of West Chicago recommends the following COVID-19 Trick or Treating Guidelines:

  • Be respectful of your neighbors’ choice on whether to trick-or-treat this year.
  • Children may trick-or-treat on Saturday, October 31, 2020, between the hours of 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Refrain from participating in trick-or-treating if you are feeling unwell, if someone in your house is unwell, if you are awaiting COVID-19 test results, if you have recently returned from travel to a hotspot state, or if you know that you have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Turning on your porch lamps or outdoor lights to show that your home is participating in trick-or-treating. Trick-or-treat participants shall not ring the doorbell of those who choose not to participate.
  • Consider using a motion-activated noisemaker to notify you when trick-or-treaters are at the door, such as a motion activated Halloween decoration, rather than having trick-or-treaters ring the doorbell, which may become a high touch-point.
  • All participants should wear face coverings over the age of two, including individuals passing out treats.
  • Avoid close contact with others by leaving candy on your porch.
  • If you would prefer to answer the door to greet children individually, pass out candy instead of inviting children to take a treat from a communal bowl. Ask children to tell you their choice of a treat, rather than taking it themselves.
  • Individuals should use hand sanitizer regularly throughout the trick-or- treat hours.
  • Do not trick-or-treat in groups with others; trick-or-treat as a household.
  • Maintain a safe distance from other trick-or-treating households, and do not approach a house until the previous group has left.
  • Consider distributing treats other than candy, which parents can then sanitize before giving to kids: stickers in cellophane packaging, pencils, mini pumpkins, erasers, etc.
  • Please refrain from distributing coins, cash, homemade treats, or fresh fruits.

Trick or Treat Signs Courtesy of the West Chicago Police Department:

       Face Covering Required for Candy – .pdf 168kb
       Daremos Dulces, Se Require Cubridor De Cara – .pdf 224kb
       No Trick or Treating Here – 22kb
       No Trick or Treat Acquí – .pdf 22kb

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