Halloween is a go in Carmel, and trick-or-treating will be permitted to take place on Saturday, October 31 with the suggested hours between 5-8 p.m. in the City of Carmel.
To ensure everyone’s health and safety, the City of Carmel recommends that parents, children and homeowners take extra precautions this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is recommended that all trick-or-treaters and their chaperones wear a mask if they are not able to maintain safe physical distancing, including wearing a mask when approaching a door. As always, only approach houses where the porch lights are on, which indicate that a home that is handing out treats.
For people who are welcoming trick or treaters and planning to hand out candy, the city recommends you wear your own facemask when answering the door.
Trick-or-treaters should only consume pre-packaged candy and other treats. Homemade treats should not be handed out or consumed.
Additionally, here are some safety tips from the Carmel Police Department:
- Adults should always accompany their children and carry a flashlight at night, staying within their own neighborhood and known homes.
- Watch for traffic before crossing any street.
- Avoid costumes that are long, which could cause tripping or costumes that have hard plastic or wood props like swords that could be a hazard.
- Inspect candy before allowing children to have it. Dispose of any candy that is unwrapped.
Finally, the federal Centers for Disease Control has issued a number of recommendations on ways to celebrate Halloween, pointing out high-risk, low-risk and moderate activities designed to keep everyone safe. You can find that information here: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween