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Chicago and surrounding suburbs have issued guidelines for how to trick or treat safely during the pandemic. Read below to learn more about when to trick or treat in Chicagoland and how to do it safely.
No official trick-or-treating hours have been released for the city of Chicago yet. Chicago health officials have stated, however, that they will not cancel Halloween. People should expect a different type of celebration, but the fun can go on.
Trick or treat in Aurora is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on October 31. In previous years, trick or treat took place from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., but the extended hours this year will allow for social distancing.
Trick or treaters and those distributing candy are also required to wear face masks. Anyone showing signs of illness should refrain from participating in Halloween activities.
The City of Elgin will have trick or treat from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on October 31.
Officials want everyone to wear face masks, social distance, and limit group size. The City of Elgin also does not encourage trick-or-treating this year consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance and they recommend alternative options for celebrating the holiday.
Elk Grove trick-or-treating hours are from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on October 31.
Elk Grove Village officials want children to wear face masks unless their costumes already have two or more layers of fabric. Some costumes come with masks already, and those are fine to use as well.
Elk Grove has created green and red signs to identify which houses are participating in trick or treat this year. Officials are encouraging people to create individual goody bags or create a clothesline or candy slide to promote social distancing.
Evanston trick or treating will take place from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on October 31.
Trick-or-treaters are expected to wear face masks, social distance, and keep their hands clean. The number of houses visited should be limited. People distributing candy should place goody bags on the front port or in yards instead of a communal bucket.
The City of Joliet trick-or-treating hours will be from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. on October 31.
In order to celebrate safely, city officials ask everyone participating to wear a face mask when they cannot socially distance from other individuals. Stay home if you are feeling sick. You should also follow Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines for group sizes.
Trick-or-treating in Mount Prospect will take place from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. on October 31.
Officials have stated that everyone participating in trick or treat should follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Motion sensors should be used instead of door bells to indicate trick-or-treaters are at the door and contactless candy distribution should be used when possible.
West Chicago trick-or-treating will take place from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on October 31.
Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to gather candy as a household rather than in groups. People distributing should offer a variety of items other than treats and a communal bowl should be avoided.
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