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The safety of its residents is the Village’s top priority as families plan for Halloween celebrations and trick-or-treating this year. While the Village of Roselle does not have official policies or ordinances that control trick-or-treating in the community, the Village makes a recommendation each year, for safety purposes, for trick-or-treating to occur on Halloween between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m.
For 2020, the Village also recommends following the safety measures recently released by the Illinois Department of Public Health, like maintaining social distance of at least 6 feet from those not in your household and wearing proper face coverings. A costume mask, such as those worn for Halloween, is not a substitute for a face covering. Those passing out candy are also encouraged to wear face coverings and gloves and are asked to pass out candy individually instead of inviting children to take a treat from a communal bowl.
Ultimately, each resident must make the decision as to whether or not they would like to participate in Halloween activities, and if so, how. The Village has created downloadable signs for residents to indicate whether or not they are participating by handing out candy this year. Please download and hang the GREEN SIGN in a visible place in a window or on a door if you are handing out candy, or the RED SIGN if you are not handing out candy for Halloween this year. We also recommend turning on your front porch light to welcome trick-or treaters if participating, and turning it off if you are not.
In addition to guidelines for trick-or-treating, the Illinois Department of Public Health also offers suggestions for alternatives to trick-or-treating, advice for other Halloween activities and events, and suggestions for Dia de los Muertos celebrations. Additional holiday guidance is also available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The trick-or-treating guidance that the Village of Roselle is sharing with residents is based on information shared by the Illinois Department of Public Health and by the Centers of Disease Control as of September 30, 2020. Should these agencies change public health regulations before Halloween, the Village of Roselle will publicly share their messages and comply with their guidance.