By AUDREY GNIECH, Guest Reporter
MACOMB, Illinois (NEWS3) — There has been a lot of anticipation for how communities throughout the country will encounter Halloween this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City of Macomb has announced that trick-or-treating will be permitted in town this year and held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Residents who are willing to pass out treats are asked to leave their porchlight on to show that they are allowing trick-or-treaters.
Macomb officials also ask that Halloween participants follow the Illinois Department of Public Health’s recommendations for trick or treating which include:
- Those participating in handing out candy and or those trick-or-treating wear a proper face covering and maintain 6 feet of social distancing.
- Candy that is collected should not be eaten before handwashing.
- Trick-or-treat with members of the same household.
- A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask.
- People should wear a cloth mask beneath their costume mask, if it does not impair breathing. If it does, do not wear the costume mask and opt for the cloth mask.
- An option is to leave individually wrapped candy spaced apart in an outdoor spare where 6 feet of distance can be maintained.
The Illinois Department of Public Health asks that people also follow the 3 W’s: Wash your hands, Wear your mask and Watch your distance.
For those not participating in door-to-door candy collecting, there are some events in the community to help give treats out safely and celebrate.
University Housing and Dining Services at Western Illinois University is offering an alternative for their usual annual Safe Trick or Treating event. WIU Director of Resident Life Michelle Oaks said this event includes many goodies.
“So we have decided to offer Halloween goody bags for the Children in the community, and we have purchased candy and items, crafts, coloring pages, things for them to have in their goody bag,” Oaks said. “And the families can sign up to get a goody bag for their child and we will distribute those.”
Oaks also said extra safety precautions are being taken in providing the goody bags.
“All of our staff will have gloves and we will have facial covering, and so there will be minimal people helping to assemble the bags in order to avoid the amount of people that are touching the items that go into the bags.”
The goody bags will be distributed in the parking lot behind Corbin Hall.
For those participating in door-to-door trick-or-treating, remember to follow IDPH precautions. Macomb officials also ask that people take caution while driving during the trick or treating hours.
To sign up for WIU’s alternative safe trick-or-treating and receive a goody bag, click this link: http://bit.ly/UHDSGoodyBags.