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.