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Halloween Trick or Treating Recommendations

by Colleen Paveglio
Thursday, October 7, 2021

October 7, 2021 - The Traverse City Police Department has recommended the following hours and tips and tricks for the Halloween on Sunday, October 31, 2021, within the city limits of Traverse City. The trick-or-treating hours will be from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm; participating residents are asked to promptly turn lights on and off at the specified times to indicate their participation to the public. Halloween 2021 is going to be celebrated in a similar manner as 2020 with some important tips to help make trick-or-treating safer!

We strongly encourage participating city residents and parents of participating trick-or-treater’s to please observe the CDC guidance in reference to safe trick-or-treating.

  • Keep your distance; stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you.
  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters
  • Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
  • Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take on their own.
  • If over the age of 2, wear a mask over the nose and mouth. Do not allow your child to wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. It can make breathing more difficult.
  • Wash and/or sanitize your hands; bring hand sanitizer with you to use after touching objects or other people.

The National Confectioners Association and the Chocolate Manufacturers Association have established the following safety tips to help make this Halloween a safe and enjoyable holiday for our children.


  • Use make-up or face paint instead of masks, but if masks are used, make sure they fit properly and have holes large enough for mouth and eyes.
  • Choose costumes that are marked flame retardant.
  • Wear light-colored clothing at night, short enough to prevent tripping. Add reflective tape or reflectors to dark colored costumes.
  • Make props such as daggers or swords out of cardboard, rather than metal or wood. TRICK-OR-TREATING SAFETY:
  • Give and accept wrapped or packaged candy only.
  • Have children bring treats home for adult inspection before they are eaten.
  • Adults should accompany small and elementary school age children when they are trick-or-treating and send older children in groups.
  • Go out in daylight and carry a flashlight in case of delay.
  • Have children stay within their neighborhood; only visit homes you know.
  • Watch for traffic.
  • Keep costumed children away from pets. The pet may not recognize the children and become frightened.

CDC Trick-or-Treat Tips