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Posted on: October 4, 2021

Trick or Treating for Halloween 2021

Trick-or-Treat Hours:  

Consistent with past years, the Trick-or-Treat hours for Halloween will be from 3 PM to 7 PM on Sunday, October 31, 2021.


Halloween Safety Tips:

The Palatine Police Department and the Village encourage parents and youngsters to keep COVID-19 safety front of mind with the following trick-or-treating guidelines to provide a safe Halloween experience for all: 

Walk Safely 

  • Follow all current CDC & IDPH Halloween Guidelines at the time of trick-or-treating.
  • Face coverings are encouraged for the safety of all! Consider creative ways to incorporate face masks into costumes!
  • Social distancing should be maintained at all times.
  • Make sure children are accompanied by an adult or responsible teenager when they go door-to-door. 
  • Instruct children never to eat anything until they are home and only after treats have been examined by an adult.
  • Do not allow children to eat homemade goodies or food. Check the treat wrappers for signs of tampering. 
  • Call the police at 9-1-1 if there are any suspicious treats. 
  • Make sure children’s costumes fit, they are short enough to prevent tripping, and that their view is not obstructed. 
  • Tell children to trick or treat in their own neighborhood, and to stay on well-lit streets. 
  • Teach children not to go inside any home, garage, or back yard. 
  • If children are going to be out after dark, make sure they carry a flashlight. Any amount of reflective clothing or tape is a good idea. 
  • Know which friends children will be with and which route they will be taking. 
  • Teach children to use the sidewalks and watch out for traffic. 
  • Keep costumed children away from pets. The pet may not recognize the child and could become frightened. 

Resources:

Like last year, the Village has provided signs to help indicate whether or not you are inviting Trick-or-Treaters to visit your home this Halloween. Please click on the corresponding links below to view the signs and print them up at home for your own use.

  • 'Trick or Treaters Welcome' Sign:  Please click here.

  • 'No Trick or Treater Please' Sign:  Please click here.


It is also suggested that homes comfortable in participating in Trick-or-Treating leave their front porch light on during the established Trick-or-Treat hours.  This too will function as an indicator for those Trick-or-Treating in your neighborhood.

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