CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WCIA) — As Halloween nears, villages, towns and cities across central Illinois are announcing their trick-or-treating hours. Also, there are some areas that are asking those hitting the streets or passing out treats to follow certain guidelines as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
The Village of Tolono said they are leaving it up to families on how they want to address trick-or-treating. If parents feel comfortable with it, the Village said go for it. The same goes for families who may or may not pass out treats. If you do not want to participate, the Village advises not having your front porch light on.
Their trick-or-treating hours will be from 5-7 p.m. on October 31.
In Hoopeston, they are holding their hours from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Halloween. They are asking families to follow COVID-19 protocols.
The Village of Mahomet will have trick-or-treating from 6-8 p.m.. Village leaders gave some suggestions on ways to keep people safe during the holiday. Some of those suggestions included wearing masks as well as having people pass out candy instead of letting children reach into bowls.
In St. Joseph, trick-or-treating will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Halloween. Trick-or-treaters and those passing out treats are asked to wear masks, use hand sanitizer and maintain social distance.
Village officials said those handing out candy should also consider alternative ways to limit contact with trick-or-treaters. They are even holding a contest to see who can come up with the most clever way to deliver the sweet treats. For more of St. Joseph’s guidelines and tips, click here.
Champaign and Urbana will have their trick-or-treating hours from 5-7 p.m. on Halloween. Officials are recommending trick-or-treaters wear the proper masks (not just costume masks), using alcohol-based hand sanitizer and making the rounds with only your household members. For other suggestions, click here.
Danville’s hours will run from 5-8 p.m. on October 31. The Danville Police Department said parents and guardians are asked to be extra vigilant this year when it comes to taking their children trick-or-treating. “That choice and responsibility will fall on the individuals parents, guardians and families.” If a child or parent is not feeling well, police said they should not take the risk.
Officers said the same motto goes for those who are trying to decide whether or not to pass out candy this year. “Many of their decisions not to participate may be based on health concerns, vulnerability or simply not agreeing with the celebration during a pandemic. All of those are reasonable,” said the department in a Facebook post. If someone in the house is sick, officers are asking them not to participate.
The Village of Rantoul will hold their trick-or-treating hours from 6-8 p.m..
The City of Decatur will have trick-or-treating from 5-8 p.m.. Families are asked to hit the streets with only their household members. Both trick-or-treaters and those passing out candy are asked to wear masks and stay six feet apart from each other.
In LeRoy, hours will be from 4:30-8 p.m. Officials said they added more time so younger children could have more daylight during their trick-or-treating time. Again, families are encouraged to only travel with their household instead of large groups and wear masks. Also, officials are suggesting treats being put into individual bags to be placed in children’s bags/buckets or have them placed on a table. They said the less candy is touched, the better.
Jerome Police said the following towns will have their hours from 4 – 8 p.m.: Springfield, Grandview, Southern View and Leland Grove. Homes that do not wish to participate in passing out candy are asked to not have their porch lights on. Those who do decide to give candy are asked to consider putting treat bags on a table on their sidewalks or walkways.
In Mattoon, citywide Trick-or-Treating will take place from 6-8 p.m on Halloween. The city asks that houses that choose to participate keep their porch light on. Trick-or-treaters should observe social distancing guidelines as well.
Clinton’s Chamber of Commerce says trick-or-treating hours on Halloween will be 5-8 p.m. It adds that the Chamber will not be hosting trick-or-treating at Mr. Lincoln’s Square.
This list will be updated as more towns release their trick-or-treating hours.