Halloween may look different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Rosemont families can take part in trick-or-treat festivities from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 if they follow safety guidelines.
'This is an unusual year, but we want to leave the choice to trick-or-treat up to individual families in our community, it should be a day of fun for the kids,' said a recent newsletter from the village.
In order to take part in Rosemont trick-or-treat festivities, participants should: wear a mask or face covering in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, practice social distancing, stay in small groups, carry hand sanitizer and be respectful of those who choose not to participate. Candy collected should not be opened or eaten until after participants have washed their hands.
'Please respect that some residents may decide not to participate this year,' said the village.
'Residents who do not want to participate are encouraged to turn off their front light and close their front door.'
In addition to groups who decide to trick-or-treat, residents who hand out candy should wear a mask as they hand out only individually-wrapped candy. To let trick-or-treaters know they are welcome, residents should also leave their porch light on and/or place a sign on their front lawn.
Those interested in offering candy can purchase weatherproof signs for $8 if they contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 10.
Motorists should be aware of children in the area on Saturday, Oct. 31, and drive with extra caution.
'We advise parents to accompany children, carry a flashlight for safety and stay on sidewalks,' said Rosemont.
Further Halloween guidance from the Illinois Dept. of Public Health is available at:
Anyone who hears about or sees suspicious activity in the village on Halloween can contact
the Rosemont Public Safety Dept. at 847-823-1134.