Halloween & Trick-or-Treating

Halloween & Trick-or-Treating
Posted on 09/20/2021

What are Trick-or-Treating Hours in Arlington Heights? 
For those who choose to participate in Halloween activities, the Village recommends residents limiting trick-or-treating to 3-7 p.m., on October 31st. 

Is there any guidance regarding Halloween considering COVID-19? 
The Illinois Department of Public Health has issued updated COVID-19 Halloween and Fall festivities Guidance as of Oct. 15, 2021. 

How can I help stay safe while Trick-or-Treating?
Those who choose to participate are strongly encouraged to follow the CDC’s recommended safety guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes wearing a mask, washing your hands, and maintaining social distance from people you do not live with. 

What if I don’t want to participate in Halloween? 
When it comes to Halloween, each resident must make the decision as to whether or not they would like to engage festive activities, and if so, to what level they feel most comfortable. We ask everyone to be a good neighbor and to please be respectful of others and their decisions to participate/not participate in Trick-or-Treating this year. 

Will the Village change trick-or-treating hours if the weather is bad? 
The Village does not intend on moving trick-or-treating hours due to bad weather conditions due to the following reasons:

- The Village cannot prohibit children from trick-or-treating on Halloween night. If the date was changed, it is highly likely that many children will still trick-or-treat on October 31st.  An alternate date will create additional time and candy burdens for homeowners.

- The Village has publicly recommended trick-or-treating hours from 3-7 p.m., to encourage safety.  However, there is no official policy or ordinance in place with designated or enforceable hours, beyond recommended guidance. Therefore, the Village does not have official regulatory control to enforce changes to the date on which Halloween is recognized through the cultural practice of trick-or-treating.

- Drivers on Halloween night generally anticipate trick-or-treaters. Not all drivers on a different day would be aware of the rescheduled trick-or-treating hours and may not anticipate children, creating an unnecessary risk.

Will there be trick-or-treating in downtown Arlington Heights businesses?
There is no official plan in place for trick-or-treating at businesses in downtown Arlington Heights this year. Residents are encouraged to trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods. 

Are there any festive alternatives to trick-or-treating? 

  • HERO-Ween Candy Slide Event
    Arlington Heights Police, Fire, and Public Works are hosting a HERO-ween "candy slide" event on Friday, Oct. 29th, 4 - 6 p.m., at the Police Station, 200 E. Sigwalt Ave. All are welcome to attend and no reservation is required. Participants will walk outdoors for this event and receive candy from Police Officers, Fire Fighters and Public Works Employees via a contactless Trick-or-Treat Candy Slide. See Facebook Event

    Specially marked pumpkins along the route will indicate 6 feet of separation for participants as they safely wait in the Candy Slide line

    Parking will be available in the commuter lots on Sigwalt Street across from the police and fire departments. Police Department staff will assist with crossing the street safely.

What safety reminders should I keep in mind when it comes to Trick-or-Treating? 

- Parents or an older sibling should accompany children and make sure they don't enter anyone's home without your permission.
- Map out a Trick-or-Treat route for your children to follow.
- Make sure kids cross only at corners and look in all directions first. Caution them against crossing the street between parked cars, where drivers may not be able to see them. 
- Remind them to use sidewalks or walk facing traffic so approaching cars can be seen.
- Fasten reflective tape to costumes and/or bags to help drivers see them.
- Warn children not to eat any goodies until parents have had a chance to inspect them. When in doubt, throw it out.

For more general safety tips, visit the CDC's Halloween Guidance page.