Bloomington and Normal set trick or treat hours,
provide safety tips for Halloween
Normal, IL – Oct 1, 2020 – The Town of Normal and City of Bloomington strongly discourage door-to-door trick-or-treating this year, while providing safety tips for those who choose to celebrate in traditional ways.
“We strongly recommend families social distance and choose alternative ways to celebrate Halloween this year,” said Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner. “We recognize some families are going to participate and we want them to do this as safely as possible. To ensure this, we’ve set trick-or-treat hours and released safety tips in line with guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health.”
“The City echoes the Town’s sentiments and encourages safe celebrations for Halloween and every occasion,” said Bloomington Police Chief Greg Scott. “We urge the public to follow all safety guidelines and, if choosing to trick-or-treat, obey the established hours and be respectful of each other.”
For those choosing to celebrate in person, Town of Normal and City of Bloomington trick-or-treat hours will be 5 to 8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 31. Participants are encouraged to follow the recommended safety tips.
“This year has been like none other, and everyone needs to take precautions to socially distance, wash hands and wear proper face coverings,” said Bleichner. “While every family will make their own decisions, we urge them to consider the safe alternatives being offered this season in place of traditional activities.”
The Town and City also recognizes residents who do not wish to participate and have created a “No Trick-or-Treat” sign which can be printed and placed on front doors to alert families not to knock or ring the doorbell.
“For those who don’t want visitors, turning off lights and adding a sign to doors are easy ways to alert potential trick-or-treaters of this choice,” added Scott. “As always, we’re reminding folks welcoming visitors to turn on porch lights.”
In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offered guidance and alternatives to high-risk activities such as door-to-door visits. The Illinois Department of Public Health also provided guidance.