October 31 falls on a Saturday this year, but the prospect of trick-or-treating in the middle of a pandemic is scary for many. The Village of Glenview urges families to consider what is best for them given the latest scientific and health advice for COVID-19.
If trick-or-treating is your choice, Village hours are 3 to 7 p.m. rain or shine. Children should wear face coverings effective for COVID-19, not just a costume mask. Residences that choose to participate should leave on a porch light or can leave a container of treats outside.
Keep these tips in mind if your kids haunt the neighborhood:
- Accompany children (or send an older sibling) and make sure they don't enter anyone's home without your permission.
- Map out a trick-or-treat route for your children to follow.
- Make sure kids cross only at corners -- and look in all directions first. Remind them to use sidewalks or walk facing traffic so approaching cars can be seen.
- Caution them against crossing the street between parked cars, where driver's can't see them.
- Warn children not to eat any goodies until you've had a chance to inspect them. When in doubt, throw it out.
Residents can make known whether they do or don't welcome trick-or-treaters by posting a sign in their window:
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Aside from trick-or-treating, there are many creative, fun and safe alternative ways to celebrate:
- Create a virtual avatar, decorate a virtual door and knock on friends and family members' virtual decorated doors. Purchase credits to give to trick-or-treaters redeemable for real candy.
- Hold a neighborhood house decorating contest or photo scavenger hunt, with bags of candy as prizes. Or organize drive-by trick-or-treating in decorated vehicles on your block.
- Hold a Zoom party and mix potions, using kitchen staples and household items to make slime or other slippery products. Try combining vinegar and baking soda inside a jack-o'-lantern for a fun explosion.
Activities around Glenview
Haunted Trail at The Grove
Dawn to dusk, October 1 to 31
Glenview Park District's SpookTRUNKular
5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, October 24
Kohl Children's Museum's Halloween Ghost Hunt
3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 24, and Sunday, October 25
The Glen Town Center's Halloween Contest
Monday, October 26 through Saturday, October 31
Virtual History Happy Hour--Victoria Ghost Stories presented by The Grove
7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 29
Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt (details available on Facebook)
9 a.m. Saturday, October 31, to 5 p.m. Sunday, November 1
What to do with the pumpkin
Carving a jack o' lantern is a time-honored Halloween tradition, followed by a reported 44 percent of Americans. But after the holiday is over, they likely end up in the trash. So when Halloween is over, try not to throw out your pumpkin(s). What can you do?