The City of Naperville is encouraging residents to become familiar with guidance released by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine whether they will participate in trick-or-treating and other Halloween activities this year.
Should the state or local health departments share additional guidelines or restrictions surrounding trick-or-treating during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Naperville will publicly share their messaging and comply with their guidance.
To maintain public health and encourage residents to celebrate Halloween safely this year, the City of Naperville encourages residents to consider the following guidelines:
The City understands not everyone may feel comfortable with trick-or-treating this year, so we have 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.
Residents may download or pick up a copy of either sign at the Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.
Those interested in participating in trick-or-treating are asked to place the “Trick-or-Treaters Welcome” sign on your window or door.
Please, No Trick-or-Treaters
Those who are not interested in participating are asked to place the “Please, No Trick-or-Treaters” sign on your window or door.
Trick-or-Treating Hours and Safety Guidelines
Residents are reminded that there is no ordinance in Naperville setting trick-or-treating times.
For the safety all, residents who choose to participate in trick-or-treating are encouraged to be aware of the recently-released Halloween Health & Safety Tips from the CDC and Halloween Guidance from IDPH and adhere to the following:
- Families going door-to-door are encouraged to wear face coverings at all times.
- Trick-or-treating groups should be kept small. Groups of trick-or-treaters from more than one household are discouraged.
- 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 throughout the City and not approach houses with "Please, No Trick-or-Treaters" signs displayed. Please be respectful of others and their decisions to participate/not participate in trick-or-treating this year.
- Do not consume any candy until it has been inspected by an adult and you have thoroughly washed your hands.
Passing out treats
- Individuals choosing to pass out candy are encouraged to wear face coverings and gloves at all times.
- Pass out candy individually with gloved hands instead of inviting children to take a treat from a communal bowl.
If you would like to avoid trick-or-treaters coming to your door but would still like to participate in Halloween activities, consider "one-way trick-or-treating" using the following socially-distanced ideas:
- Create candy goody bags using recyclable paper bags and place them in your yard or driveway for children to pick up themselves.
- Hang treats from a clothesline at children's height.
- Create a candy tube or slide that can send candy directly towards children while maintaining an appropriate distance.
Halloween face coverings
- Per the CDC, a Halloween costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask or face covering. Costume masks can be used if it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose.
- If face coverings are worn under costume masks, please make sure it does not create breathing problems. If it does, discard the costume mask.
- Consider wearing a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
Personal Safety Tips
- The Naperville Police Department recommends that young children end trick-or-treating when it begins to get dark. Older children should be in by 8 p.m.
- Put reflective tape on costumes and avoid costumes that are overly scary or that require “weapons” of any kind.
- If older children are going trick-or-treating without you, create a map of a safe trick-or-treating route in familiar areas. Agree on a specific time they should be home as well as pre-set check in times.
- Remind children not to go inside anyone’s home or accept a ride from anyone, including people you know, without checking first with a trusted adult.
- 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.