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Trick-or-treating hours in the Suburban Life area, guidelines

Dressed as a chicken, Jack Rickard, 10, (from left); Gabe Rickard, 12, dressed as an eskimo chicken; and Beatrice Rickard, 8, dressed as a peacock, embark on a journey Thursday for free candy trick-or-treating hours on a snowy Halloween in downtown Crystal Lake.
Dressed as a chicken, Jack Rickard, 10, (from left); Gabe Rickard, 12, dressed as an eskimo chicken; and Beatrice Rickard, 8, dressed as a peacock, embark on a journey Thursday for free candy trick-or-treating hours on a snowy Halloween in downtown Crystal Lake.

Halloween is Saturday, Oct. 31. This year, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the CDC has released several recommendations to help decrease the risk of spreading COVID-19. Among them are, for homeowners:

• Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters

• Give out treats outdoors, if possible

• Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take

• Wash hands before handling treats, and wear a mask

And, for trick-or-treaters and their families:

• Make your cloth mask part of your costume

• Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it after touching objects or other people.

• Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home and before you eat any treats.

• Indoors and outdoors, stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you.

The following is a listing of some of the trick-or-treat hours around the Suburban Life area:

• Berwyn: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Residents participating are encouraged to leave their porch light on, wear a mask when greeiting at the door at all times, hand out only pre-packaged candy and coordinate one-way or contactless trick-or-treating.

• Downers Grove: No official hours.

• Elmhurst: 3:30-7:30 p.m. The city has designed green and red signs for residents to place in their windows or visible areas for trick-or-treaters to identify whether they are participating. GREEN = Yes, trick-or-treaters are welcome. RED = No trick-or-treaters please.

• Glen Ellyn: 3-7 p.m. Residenters interested in participating in trick-or-treating are asked to turn their outdoor lights on and/or place the "Trick-or-Treaters Welcome" sign in a visible area.

• Hinsdale: No official hours.

• La Grange, La Grange Park, Western Springs and Countryside: 3-7 p.m.

• Lombard: 3-7 p.m.

Villa Park: 3-7 p.m.

• Westmont: 2-7 p.m. If a home is planning to participate in trick-or-treating and hand out treats, then please turn on your front lights so that families know that it is OK to visit your home.  If your home is NOT participating, then please make sure your outdoor lights are off.  If possible, consider putting a table outside and hand out treats from there - this will help let trick-or-treaters know that you’re participating. 

• Wheaton: 3-7 p.m.

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