Dust off your witch hats and sharpen those pumpkin carving tools, Oak Parkers, as Halloween trick-or-treating may happen this year after all. The Oak Park village board will vote on a new resolution to establish trick-or-treating hours at its Oct. 5 meeting, with the understanding that further COVID-19 safety precautions will be released when available.

Per the resolution, people may participate in trick-or-treating activities between 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Oct. 31, as recommended by Oak Park Public Health Director Mike Charley. The early hours will not conflict with schooling for children, given that the holiday falls on a Saturday this year.

Charley recommended those hours, according to the resolution, to increase the visibility of signs, which residents may elect to put outside their homes, indicating whether or not the household is participating in trick-or-treating.

The resolution did not include additional health and safety protocols but stated that information will be released at a later date.

“It is recognized that guidance from the U. S. Centers for Disease Control, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Oak Park Public Health Department will provide additional requirements that young people and their parents/guardians must observe in order to celebrate safely,” the resolution reads.


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