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Best Practices for a Safe and Fun 2020 Halloween

From Mayor Tomson and Hillsborough Township Committee

Best Practices for a Safe and Fun 2020 Halloween

For Trick or Treaters:

  • Porch/Outdoor Light On = Trick or Treat here!
  • Porch/Outdoor Light Off = Maybe next year!
  • Stay with your family or “pod”
  • Practice social distancing (keep at least 6 feet apart from other groups)
  • Stay in your immediate neighborhood
  • Do not enter someone else’s home
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Wear a cloth or surgical mask (costume masks do not provide protection)
  • Avoid Trick or Treating if you or anyone in your household isn’t feeling well, has a fever, or is under quarantine
  • Only accept candy that is in factory-sealed packaging


For Candy Givers: 

  • Porch Light On = Trick or Treat here!
  • Porch Light Off = Maybe next year!
  • Wear a cloth or surgical mask
  • Candy/items should be factory sealed
  • Consider spreading out treats on a table or prepare individually sealed bags ahead of time to avoid hands in bowls
  • Limit treat choices
  • Maintain social distancing (wave to the kids from a distance or from behind a door)
  • Practice hand hygiene and provide hand sanitizer for trick or treaters


Alternatives to Trick or Treating, from the NJ Department of Health:

  • Virtual activities such as online costume parties 
  • Drive through events where individuals remain in their vehicles and drive through an area/neighborhood with Halloween displays
  • Carving pumpkins with family
  • Dressing up homes and yards with Halloween themed decorations
  • Halloween themed movie nights with family

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