Like so much else this year, the feeling of uncertainty around popular events and traditions continues to linger. Woodridge is receiving many inquiries about Halloween and trick-or-treating. The Village understands the interest in Halloween and the desire to have trick-or-treating while following public health guidelines. Currently, neither the Illinois Department of Public Health nor the DuPage County Department of Public Health has issued guidance or restrictions about Halloween trick-or-treating. Should either of the agencies share public health information about Halloween, the Village will help publicize their messaging and comply with their public health guidance.
Until public health guidance is available, please note that trick-or-treating is a cultural practice and custom not regulated by the Village. Woodridge does recommend trick-or-treating hours to be from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. to help keep the community safe – mainly due to the increased number of pedestrians. The Woodridge Police Department reminds trick-or-treaters annually to practice safe Halloween practices such as being highly visible (e.g., use flashlights or reflective tape), utilize sidewalks, and avoid wearing costumes that restrict vision. It is also important to respect neighbors who choose not to participate in Halloween and avoid approaching homes with their porch lights turned off.
We are several weeks away from Halloween; therefore, please continue to watch for updates.
FYI: CDC Guidance – The CDC considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which holiday gatherings must comply: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html