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Trick-or-Treating 2020

Trick-or-Treating in Lincolnwood

This year, the Village of Lincolnwood highly discourages Trick-or-Treating due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and will not be posting official Halloween Trick-or-Treating hours.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating is a higher-risk activity and recommended that individuals and families avoid higher-risk activities as much as possible. The CDC’s recommendation can be found on their website linked here. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) indicates that the safest way to celebrate Halloween is at home. The IDPH’s guidance can be found on their website linked here.  

The safety of Lincolnwood’s residents is of the utmost importance to the Village. Based on this and the guidance released from the CDC and IDPH, the Village determined that strongly discouraging Trick-or-Treating is the safest option for our community.

Closed for Trick-or-Treating Signage

This sign was developed to support residents in communicating that their home is “Closed for Trick-or-Treating” this year in a consistent manner throughout our community.

Window & Door Sign

This sign is 8.5×11″ and was designed to be printed and posted in a window, door, or other visible location.

Three ways to obtain a 8.5″ x 11″ sign, printed on a standard piece of paper, include:

  • Click here to download and print it from home
  • Visit the Parks and Recreation Department October 9-30, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • Email by October 23 to have one mailed to your Lincolnwood residence

Download the Window & Door Sign

Lawn Sign

Corrugated plastic lawn signs (12″ x 18″ and double-sided) provide the opportunity to communicate this message as any potential Trick-or-Treaters walk down the street and before they step off of the sidewalk. A limited number of lawn signs are available for $8.

To purchase a lawn sign:

  • Purchase online
    • Pick-up from the Parks and Recreation Department beginning October 22 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)
    • Curbside pick-up available Monday-Friday 9am-4:45pm
      • Park near the employee entrance of Village Hall (Parking lot off of Morse Avenue). Call 847-677-9740 when you arrive and a team member will bring your sign to the door and place it outside for you to pick-up
  • Purchase in-person at the Parks and Recreation Department (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)

Order the Lawn Sign  

Alternative Ways to Celebrate

In addition to suggestions provided by the CDC and IDPH, the Lincolnwood Parks and Recreation Department is providing alternative ways to celebrate Halloween throughout the month of October. Click on each activity name to learn more and register online – early registration is highly encouraged as space is limited. We look forward to celebrating with you in a safe, distanced manner!

General & Practical Guidance

While the Village of Lincolnwood strongly discourages Trick-or-Treating and will not be publishing Trick-or-Treating hours, we understand that families may attempt to participate in this activity for a variety of reasons. We ask all residents to respect the comfort levels and decisions of their neighbors. Should your family choose to Trick-or-Treat on Halloween, please do not visit homes that have indicated they are not participating by posting signs, turning off their porch light, or otherwise. Please keep in mind that homes decorated in celebration of Halloween might still be “closed” for Trick-or-Treating.

For those who plan to celebrate Halloween in the proximity of others:

  • Follow CDC and IDPH guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic such as physical distancing, hand washing and sanitizing, face coverings, interacting with only others in your household, and avoiding gatherings of more than 50 people
  • Wear a face covering; Halloween costume masks are not suitable substitutes per the CDC
    • A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more breathable fabric layers that cover the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face
    • The CDC does not recommend that individuals wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask, because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe
    • Instead, the CDC urges individuals to wear a Halloween-themed cloth mask
  • Do not participate in any holiday celebrations if you feel unwell or if anyone in your house is unwell if you are awaiting COVID-19 test results, if you have recently returned from travel to a hotspot state, or if you know that you have been exposed to COVID-19
  • Consider planning fun alternatives to traditional Halloween activities for your family, that adhere to COVID-19 safety guidance


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