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Halloween Safety Tips : Safe Trick-or-Treating During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Although the Village of Hinsdale does not regulate Halloween Trick-or-Treating hours or rules, we advise anyone participating in holiday celebrations this year follow these reminders and guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our community. See the CDC website for further safety recommendations during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- Do not participate if you have symptoms – if you or a member of your household are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19; are in your quarantine period; or are experiencing other symptoms of illness – do not participate in trick-or-treating or welcome to your home this year
- Is this house welcoming Trick-or-Treaters? – if you choose to welcome trick-or-treaters this year be sure to turn on your porch light. Houses without porch lights on should be skipped! The Village has provided signs to display indicating if your house is welcoming trick-or-treaters this year. Download the optional signs below:
- Wear your mask and social distance – Both trick-or-treaters and home owners should follow current CDC guidelines for mask wearing. If your costume has a mask, it must prevent the spread of aerosols from your mouth and nose to qualify. Social distancing of at least 6 ft is recommended whenever possible. Wait for trick-or-treaters ahead of you to leave the home before proceeding for your treat.
- Treats should be pre-packaged and handed out individually – per Health Department regulations, treats passed out should be pre-packaged and not something home made. Parents should inspect their child’s bags before allowing them to indulge. Homes passing out treats should give them to each child individually instead of offering a communal bowl to grab from.
- Sanitize your hands regularly- both trick-or-treaters and home owners should be regularly sanitizing their hands throughout participation. It is recommended to do so between households and trick-or-treaters.
More Halloween safety tips from the Hinsdale Police Department:
- Never go "Trick or Treating" alone. Always go with a trusted adult or a group of friends. Small children should never be allowed to trick-or-treat alone.
- Always walk on the sidewalks, not in the street. Cross the street only at corners.
- Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars. Never approach a vehicle even it appears no one is inside.
- If possible, use face paint instead of a mask that may cover your eyes.
- For your safety, we recommend that children should go out during daylight hours only.
- If children are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made of light colored or reflective type clothing so they are more visible. Carry a flashlight to light your way.
- Children should only stop at familiar houses in their own neighborhood unless they are accompanied by an adult.
- Instruct your child never to go into the home of a stranger or get in their car.
- Keep costumed children away from pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened.
- DO NOT ALLOW your children to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you.
- Wash all fruits and cut them into small pieces before eating.
- Examine candy closely and discard unpackaged and opened candies. When in doubt, throw it out
- If your children do go out without adult supervision, agree on specific times they must check-in and return home. Make sure they bring a cell phone.
- Teach your children to stay alert for any suspicious incidents and to report them to you (parents) and/or the police by calling 9-1-1.