To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC has asked that Americans avoid participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door. The CDC also considers indoor costume parties and haunted houses to be high risk. The Village has cancelled its annual hot dog roast at the Lake Bluff Public Safety Building consistent with these guidelines. To view the full list of CDC Halloween guidelines, including lower-risk alternatives, visit lakebluff.org/cdchalloween. 

If you choose to participate in higher-risk Halloween activities, we urge you to follow the guidelines below and take certain steps to help keep our community safe. Please:

  • Trick or treating hours are Saturday, October 31 from 4 – 7 p.m.
  • Turn on your porch lights to indicate you are welcoming trick-or-treaters. Parents, teach children not to ring the doorbell if a light is not on.
  • Don’t participate if you or someone in your house: (i) isn’t feeling well; (ii) is awaiting COVID-19 test results; (iii) has been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
  • Skip the parties this year. Social gatherings continue to be tied to numerous COVID-19 cases. If you do host a gathering, do so outdoors and limit attendance.
  • Wear a face covering whether you are trick-or-treating or passing out treats.
  • To reduce close contact, consider leaving candy in individual bags on your driveway, porch, walkway, or lawn.
  • If you do offer candy at the door, pass it out instead of inviting children to take a treat from a communal bowl.
  • Use hand sanitizer regularly throughout the trick or treat hours.
  • Do not trick-or-treat in groups with members of other households. Maintain distance from other groups, and do not approach a house until the previous group has left.