The City of Highland Park encourages families to celebrate Halloween safely this year in light of ongoing health concerns due to COVID-19. With the proper precautions, everyone can enjoy a safe and spooky celebration.
Children may trick-or-treat on Sunday, October 31, 2021, between the hours of 3:00 – 7:00 PM. Please review the following guidelines to help promote a safe experience for all who choose to participate:
- 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, 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.
- 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. Add a sign to your door to indicate that kids should not ring the doorbell.
- Face coverings are encouraged as a courtesy to others, especially when trick-or-treating at the homes of seniors who are at greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
- 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.
- If you would prefer not to pass out candy, consider leaving individually-packaged bags on your porch for children to take, rather than a communal bowl of candy. If preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after preparing the bags.
- Individuals should use hand sanitizer regularly throughout the trick or treat hours.
- Consider distributing treats other than candy, which parents can sanitize before giving to kids: stickers in cellophane packaging, pencils, mini pumpkins, erasers, etc.
- Please refrain from distributing coins or cash.
- Please do not distribute homemade treats or fresh fruits.
As in 2020, not all families will feel comfortable participating in trick-or-treating this year; teach children not to ring the doorbell if a light is not on or if a no trick-or-treating sign is posted. All trick-or-treaters - young and the young at heart! - are encouraged to be respectful of their neighbors' decisions to participate in trick-or-treating or not.
Safety Reminders from the Highland Park Police Department
Trick-or-treating is October 31 from 3:30 PM - 7 PM. Please review these guidelines with your adventurers to ensure a safe night for everyone.
- Don’t trick-or-treat alone; trick-or-treat in a household group. Stay in a group and communicate to an adult where you will be going.
- Teach children how to obtain help or call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost.
- Walk on the sidewalk, not in the street.
- Only cross the street at designated crosswalks.
- Look both ways. Listen and watch for cars before crossing the street.
- Don’t hide or cross the street from between parked cars.
- Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing or try to affix reflective tape on costumes or treat bags to be more visible.
- Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes. If you wear a mask, make sure that the eye-holes are large enough that your vision won’t be affected.
- Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries to light your way.
- Visit homes that have inside and outside lights on.
- Accept your treats at the door and never go into a home.
- Always have an adult inspect the candy before eating. Don’t eat candy if packaging has been opened. Remember that small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.
- Be cautious around pets that may come to the door or be outside.
- Eliminate tripping hazards on your porch and around your property.
- Always keep lit Jack O’Lanterns away from drapes, decorations or areas where children will be standing or walking.
The Illinois State Police maintains a database of registered sex offenders in Illinois. The public can access this database by going to the website. Once you are in this website, agree to the terms by clicking on “I Agree” and enter the zip code (60035), City (Highland Park) and County (Lake) for a complete listing of registered sex offenders in Highland Park. The Police encourage community assistance in reporting any suspicious or unlawful activity. Let's all enjoy a safe Halloween in Highland Park. If you have any questions, please contact School Resource Officer Amy Hyndman at 847.926.1122.
Oct. 28: Port Clinton Square Halloween Festivities
Celebrate Halloween early with live music and trick-or-treating in Port Clinton Square!
Thursday, October 28
Oct. 29: Ravinia District Candy Stroll
Halloween Candy Stroll Friday, October 29 2-5 PM
Interactive Fall Stroll October – November
Plan to stroll the Ravinia District to enjoy the fall decorations October 10 - November 30. In conjunction with the décor, a Kids Halloween Candy Stroll is scheduled throughout the Ravinia Business District on Friday, October 29 from 2 PM to 5 PM. The stroll will feature four interactive Harvest Vignettes for visitors to sit and take selfies to post on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. The Vignettes will be located at the northeast corner of Broadview and Roger Williams, southeast corner of Pleasant and Roger Williams, on Roger Williams just west of Happi Sushi, and the southeast corner of St. Johns and Roger Williams.
After Thanksgiving, the District will feature holiday décor, and the public will be invited to participate in a holiday stroll with giveaways.
Guidelines for Pet Owners
- Secure your pets indoors on Halloween night - preferably in a room away from your front door. Between the doorbell ringing, odd-looking strangers at the door and all the children’s voices, this night is no “treat” for your dog or cat.
- Keep goodies away from pets. Chocolate and raisins can be particularly dangerous.
- Have ID on your pets - many animals slip out of the house when the door is opened.