The Village of Cary is encouraging our residents who are planning to celebrate Halloween this year to take extra precautions due to the ongoing health pandemic. Children may trick-or-treat on Saturday, October 31, 2020 between the hours of 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. The Village offers the following suggestions to help promote a safe experience for all:
- Do not participate in trick-or-treating if you are feeling unwell, if someone in your house is unwell, if you are awaiting COVID-19 test results, if you have recently returned from travel to a hotspot state, or if you know that you have been exposed to COVID-19.
- Turn on your porch lamp or outdoor lights to show that your home is welcoming trick-or-treaters. Not all families may feel comfortable participating in trick-or-treating this year; teach children not to ring the doorbell if a light is not on.
- Consider using a motion activated noise maker to notify you when trick-or-treaters are at the door, such as a motion activated Halloween decoration, rather than having trick-or-treaters ring the doorbell, which can be a high touch-point.
- Face coverings should be worn by all participants over the age of two, including individuals passing out treats.
- Avoid close contact with others by leaving candy on your porch - or even socially-distanced on your lawn (see below for a list of ideas).
- If you would prefer to answer the door to greet children individually, pass out candy instead of inviting children to take a treat from a communal bowl. Ask children to tell you their choice of a treat, rather than taking it themselves.
- Individuals should use hand sanitizer regularly throughout the trick-or-treat hours.
- Do not trick-or-treat in groups with others; trick-or-treat as a household.
- Maintain a safe distance from other trick-or-treating groups, and do not approach a house until the previous group has left.
- Please refrain from distributing coins or cash.
- Please do not distribute homemade treats or fresh fruits.
Creative Ways to Distribute Treats:
- Consider utilizing a “candy chute” or other creative ideas to provide social distance for trick-or-treaters. See this article in USA Today.
- Host a "trunk-or-treat". Instead of inviting trick-or-treaters to come to your door, decorate your car and place candy in the open trunk for children to take.
- Create a grab-bag candy walk on your lawn. Place candy inside recyclable paper lunch bags so each child can simply pick up a bag of treats.
- Mark a safe distance from your door using chalk and ask children to stand behind the line before you open the door to pass out candy.
For a printable version of these guidelines, click here.