Halloween Safety Guidelines During COVID-19

Trick or TreatingHalloween trick-or-treating in Wauconda is scheduled for Saturday, October 31st from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The Village of Wauconda encourages all residents to utilize their own discretion to determine if trick-or-treating is safe for their family and to do so in consideration of the public health safety guidelines below from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

For residents that choose to participate in trick-or-treating this year, the Village encourages all participants to take extra precautions, consult the above IDPH and CDC Halloween guidelines, and review the below additional guidelines and safety information:

  • Trick-or-treating is open in Wauconda on Saturday, October 31, 2020 between the hours of 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. only.
  • Turn on your porch lamp or outdoor lights to show that your home is welcoming trick or-treaters.  Teach children not to ring the doorbell if a light is not on.
  • DO NOT participate in trick-or-treating if you are feeling unwell, if someone in your house is unwell, if you are awaiting COVID-19 test results, or if you know that you have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Proper face coverings should be worn by all participants over the age of two, including individuals passing out treats.
  • When passing out treats, avoid close contact with others and maintain social distance of at least 6 feet.
  • Use hand sanitizer regularly throughout trick-or-treating hours or wash hands frequently.
  • Trick-or-treat as a household only and avoid mixed-household trick-or-treating.
  • Maintain social distance of at least 6 feet from other trick-or-treating groups and do not approach a house until the previous group has left.
  • 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.
  • Each child should carry or wear something lit or reflective for visibility such as a flashlight, glow bracelet or necklace, or flashing/reflective attire.
  • Have a parent or guardian inspect all treats before consuming and discard any unwrapped candy.