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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. 


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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