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Posted on: October 7, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Trick-or-Treating & Fall Holiday Celebrations 2020

Trick or Treat NF 401

The City of Portage urges citizens to use discretion and exercise caution when participating in trick-or-treating and fall holiday celebrations during the months of October and November. If the decision is made to participate in trick-or-treating, please follow the recommendations and guidelines issued by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS): 


  • Do not hand out candy if you are sick.
  • Wear a facemask that covers your mouth and nose.
  • Use duct tape to mark 6-foot lines in front of your home and leading to your driveway/front door.
  • Position a table between yourself and trick-or-treaters.
  • Distribute candy on a disinfected table to eliminate direct contact.
  • Consider handing out candy in an open space where distancing is possible, rather than from the front door. 
  • Consider a neighborhood costume parade, it is an easy way to keep safe space between children.

Parents & Trick-Or-Treaters 

  • Share with your children that this year may be different than last. 
  • Stay home if sick.
  • Talk with your children about safety and social distancing guidelines and expectations.  Keep a 6-foot distance from others not in your family group. 
  • Trick-or-treat with people you live with.
  • Participate in one-way trick-or-treating and guide children to stay to the right to ensure social distancing. 
  • Wear a facemask covering BOTH your mouth and nose (a costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask). 
  • Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask if wearing both causes difficulty breathing. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
  • Only go to houses with safety measures in place.
  • Inspect candy.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or use sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol, especially before eating or after coughing/sneezing, and as soon as you return home.

The Kalamazoo County Health & Human Services Department recommends following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and celebrating in a manner that reduces the risk of spreading COVID-19 and placing a stronger emphasis on low-risk Halloween activities. These include: carving or decorating pumpkins, creating cards for older adults in Long Term Car Facilities to spread holiday cheer, doing a Halloween scavenger hunt, having virtual/online costume parties, going to Halloween movie nights at drive-in theatres, and dressing up homes and yards with Halloween decorations. For a complete list of recommendation and guidance for trick-or-treating and fall holiday celebrations from Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services, the MDHHS, and the CDC, please see the links below.

Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services/MDHHS

CDC Recommendations 

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