The village of Forest Park released its official guidelines for trick-or-treating, which will be allowed on Oct. 31 between the hours of 2 and 6 p.m.
All participants are encouraged to follow Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines.
Here are the village guidelines:
- Residents who want to pass out candy can make it clear they’re doing so by putting up a “welcome trick-or-treaters” sign or being outside during the designated hours.
- Trick-or-treaters are asked not to go door to door or ring random doorbells looking for candy. If a house hasn’t made it clear the residents are passing out treats, it should be avoided.
- Candy or treats should be distributed from the front lawn or bottom of porch steps. Keeping off of porches and sticking to the lawn increases social distancing.
- Everyone participating in trick-or-treating, including those passing out candy, should wear a proper face covering and practice social distancing.
- A Halloween costume mask doesn’t meet COVID protection standards, and a cloth mask should be worn as well. If breathing is impaired by combining masks, the costume mask should be discarded.
- Trick-or-treaters should stick with household members only, and social distancing should be followed from other groups or people out trick-or-treating.
- Collected candy shouldn’t be eaten until proper handwashing has occurred.
- If COVID numbers show an increase, the event could be modified or canceled.
The Forest Park Chamber of Commerce, Forest Park Public Library, and Park District of Forest Park are all hosting Halloween events.