FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 6, 2020
Halloween Activities during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Hinsdale, IL – The Village of Hinsdale has received inquiries regarding trick-or-treating during the COVID-19 pandemic. To maintain public health and encourage residents to celebrate Halloween safely this year, the Village of Hinsdale offers the following guidelines:
For the safety of families participating in trick-or-treating, those going door-to-door are encouraged to wear face coverings at all times, keep trick-or-treating groups small, and maintain a safe distance from other groups when travelling from house to house. Individuals choosing to pass out candy are also encouraged to wear face coverings and gloves, and are asked to pass out candy individually instead of inviting children to take a treat from a communal bowl.
Residents are reminded that there is no ordinance in Hinsdale setting trick-or-treating hours. It is only recommended to trick-or-treat during daylight hours for increased visibility to traffic.
The Village also understands not everyone may feel comfortable with trick-or-treating this year. Village staff has designed signs for residents to print and place in their windows, doors or other visible areas for trick-or-treaters to identify whether you are welcoming them or not. These signs are available via download below, or residents may pick up a copy at the Village Hall, 19 E. Chicago Ave.
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 your window or door. Those who are not interested in participating are asked to leave their outdoor lights off and place the “STOP, No Trick-or-Treaters” sign on your window or door.
At this time, the DuPage County Health Department has not issued guidance or restrictions surrounding trick-or-treating. However guidance has been shared by both the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control. Residents are encouraged to visit the IDPH and CDC websites for updated guidance as Halloween approaches. A link to both websites, as well as additional information about Halloween safety and trick-or-treating recommendations during the pandemic, can be found at www.villageofhinsdale.org .
Download Your Window Sign Here:
Halloween celebration guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (released 9/30/2020). - Read Here