ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. — Officials for Elk Grove Village announced trick-or-treating guidelines more than a month ahead of Halloween on Friday.
The village designed red and green signs for residents to display in their windows on whether or not they are welcoming them this year. The village will be sending the signs to residents as part of the October village newsletter.
The revamped guidelines include reduced hours from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., requiring face coverings for everybody trick-or-treating door to door and asking individuals passing out candy to hand it out individually.
Per CDC guidelines on trick-or-treating, a Halloween costume mask is not a substitute for a face covering, while noting that costume masks can be used if it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that cover the mouth and nose.
The village also invites residents not comfortable with guests to initiate “one-way trick-or-treating”, with ideas such as hanging treats from a clothesline, or placing candy goody bags on the driveway.
The CDC identifies low-risk, moderate-risk and high-risk activities for Halloween, with low-risk recommendations including carving pumpkins and having a virtual costume contest.
The CDC identifies one-way trick-or-treating as a moderate risk activity and traditional trick-or-treating as a high-risk activity.