Celebrate Halloween in Chicago safely – The City’s ‘Halloweek’ guidelines

The City of Chicago announced a plan to safely celebrate Halloween in Chicago that emphasizes social distancing and other safety precautions while allowing trick-or-treating and other fun activities throughout the week.

The City’s ‘Halloweek’ guidelines will allow for a responsible celebration spread out over a full week to minimize congregation, while calling on both children and adults to abide by COVID safety precautions that are keeping all of us protected and limiting the spread of the virus. ‘Halloweek’ activities will include safe trick-or treating along with Halloween-themed programs from the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library and other City departments and partners.

The City is offering specific guidance on how to trick-or-treat safely, including advising that trick-or-treating groups remain limited to six people or fewer and that trick-or-treaters stay on the move without congregating – which means more houses visited and more candy for all! People passing out candy are asked to try to socially distance while doing so, perhaps by using a tube or pipe to drop candy into trick-or-treaters’ bags from a distance. More guidelines can be found below:

• Masks aren’t just for trick-or-treaters this year! Everyone—including candy givers—should wear a face covering (multi-layered, covering the mouth and nose, without gaps around the face).
• Leave a light on or hang a Halloweek sign in your window to let others know your house is giving out candy safely.
• Handing out candy? Please socially distance and have hand sanitizer, too.
• Trick or treating? Stay on the move! Less congregating means more houses and more candy.
• Ensure there’s all treats and no tricks. Please don’t reach into candy bowls while trick or treating, and eat candy only at home after washing your hands.
• No Haunted Houses. They are truly spooky and dangerous this year.
• Keep your candy crew small. Trick-or-treating groups should be 6 people or fewer.
• No house parties large or small this year.

Is your business or organization doing something special for Halloween? Fill out this form prior to October 18th, and the City will share your event with parents and families who are looking to make a plan to celebrate Halloween. Events can be in-person or virtual but must follow the Halloweek Safety Guidelines and occur between October 26th and 31st.

Additional Halloweek details will be announced in the coming weeks – visit ChicagoHalloweek.org to stay updated!