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COVID-19 2020 Trick-or-Treating Guidelines
On September 22, 2020, the CDC released guidelines for holiday activities. The CDC has determined that traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating is a higher-risk activity. The CDC recommends that individuals and families avoid higher-risk activities as much as possible. While the Village of Olympia Fields is not encouraging trick-or-treating, the list of guidelines below should be reviewed along with the CDC's recommendations before choosing to participate.
Not all families will feel comfortable participating in trick-or-treating this year; teach children not to ring the doorbell if a light is not on. Participating in trick-or-treating is a personal choice for each family, and neighbors may choose differently from others based on their own comfort levels. All trick-or-treaters - young and the young at heart! - are encouraged to be respectful of their neighbors' decisions to participate in trick-or-treating or not. Should your family choose to trick-or-treat, please carefully review the guidelines below.
Children may trick or treat on Saturday, October 31, 2020, between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM.
While the Village of Olympia Fields is not encouraging trick or treating due to the pandemic, the following guidelines will help promote a safe experience for families and individuals that choose to participate:
Creative Ways to Distribute Treats
If you would like to avoid trick-or-treaters coming to your door, but would still like to participate, consider passing out treats using the following physically-distanced ideas:
Halloween Face Coverings
Per the CDC, a Halloween costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask or face covering. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more breathable fabric layers that cover the mouth and nose and doesn't leave gaps around the face.
The CDC does not recommend that individuals wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask, because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, the CDC urges individuals to wear a Halloween-themed cloth mask.