Trick-or-treating will be permitted in Carmel this year, but officials are encouraging safety measures this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Suggested trick-or-treating hours are between 5 and 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. Trick-or-treaters and chaperoning adults are encouraged to wear a face mask when physical distancing can’t be maintained and when approaching a door.
Homeowners are asked to turn on a porch light if they are comfortable handing out treats and to wear a face mask when answering the door. Those who do not wish to participate should keep their porch light off and refrain from answering the door.
All treats should be pre-packaged. It is not advised to distribute homemade treats this year.
View Centers for Disease Control Halloween guidance at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween.
The Carmel Police Dept. issued additional safety tips:
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 that could be a hazard
Inspect candy before allowing children to have it and dispose of unwrapped candy