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Oct 11

Make Halloween A Fun, Safe Experience For Your Family

Posted on October 11, 2021 at 2:34 PM by Kevin Stahr

The Geneva Police Department wanted to take this opportunity to provide some guidelines for residents who plan to participate in Halloween-related activities this fall.

Geneva's recommended trick-or-treating hours will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. Pending any additional guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health or the CDC, the City of Geneva would like to highlight the following Halloween safety measures:

  • If you choose to hand out candy, please consider options for contact-free distribution. Also, remember to turn on your porch light.
  • If you choose to not participate, please turn your porch lights off.
  • Refrain from participating in trick-or-treating if you do not feel well, are awaiting COVID-19 test results, have recently returned from a COVID-19 travel hotspot, or if you know that you have been exposed to coronavirus.
  • If you decide to take your child/children trick-or-treating, incorporate a face mask into your costume to help prevent the spread of germs.
  • Trick-or-treat as a household and maintain social distancing from other groups.
  • Make sure trick-or-treaters have a clear field of vision; wear light-colored costumes or incorporate reflective tape into their costume.
  • Use caution when crossing streets and check all directions for cars.
  • Do not enter into any homes.
  • Check all treats once you arrive back at home. Only eat unopened candy that is in its original packaging.
  • Respect others and their property.

As a final reminder, Halloween is not a City of Geneva holiday. The City does not provide guidance as to the cancellation of Halloween events due to weather.  While Halloween weather can be very unpredictable, the decision to trick-or-treat is left to the discretion of individual families.

We hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Halloween. If you should have any questions please contact the Geneva Police Department at 630-232-4736.  

Police Chief Eric Passarelli

Eric Passarelli

Police Chief