Saturday, October 31st
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The Grandwood Park Park District is not the governing body to regulate/cancel trick or treating in our community. Since our community is unincorporated, there is no village that sets the rules.
Trick or treating in our community has traditionally been on Halloween, October 31st each year. IF you would like to participate in trick-or-treating this year, leave a porch light on, and please practice social distancing and wear a mask. This is subject to change if future mandates are given from the state. Please use your best judgement and choices in however you would like to participate/not participate.
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS FROM THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
With COVID-19, some of the traditional ways to celebrate Halloween do not allow for proper social distancing. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is providing guidance to allow for safe Trick-or-Treating. For this year, it would be safest to plan special events at home, using social media and other meeting platforms to connect with family and friends. However, for those who choose to trick-or-treat, IDPH is offering the following guidance.
As a reminder, if you think you could have COVID-19 or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should NOT participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to Trick-or-Treaters.
1) As an alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating, anyone who would like to distribute treats should leave individually wrapped candy or treats on a table, on their front walkways, sidewalks, or any outdoor space that allows for at least 6 feet of social distance from the door. The individually wrapped candy should be spread out so each piece is not touching another. Anyone distributing candy or treats should wash their hands properly for at least 20 seconds before placing the candy on the table and when replenishing.
2) All individuals participating in trick-or-treating, including those passing out candy should maintain social distance of least 6 feet and wear proper face coverings. A costume mask, such as those worn for Halloween, is not a substitute for a face covering. If face coverings are worn under costume masks, please ensure this does not create breathing problems, and if so, discard the costume mask.
3) Only household members should trick-or-treat together, and they should maintain 6-feet social distance from other trick-or-treaters at all times. Mixed household trick-or-treaters are discouraged.
4) Alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be carried and used frequently.
5) Candy collected during trick-or-treating should not be consumed until after handwashing. As always, a parent/guardian should check all candy to make sure it is wrapped and should discard unwrapped candy.
6) And, of course, practice good dental hygiene as well.
7) Outdoor areas are preferred for trick-or-treating. Enclosed indoor areas, like apartment buildings, present greater risk of transmission. Open doors and windows as appropriate to promote increased ventilation.
Specifics for the Grandwood Park Park District community:
- Trick-or-treat only between the hours of 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- To help trick-or-treaters determine which houses are welcoming trick-or-treaters, houses that are participating will have their outside light on. Please respect those that do not wish to participate and do not have their outside light on.
- Watch for traffic, obey all traffic signs, look before crossing the street and never cross between parked cards or in the middle of the block.