Halloween Trick or Treating Hours & Ages | City of Williamsburg 2020
6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 for children ages 12 and under
The City of Williamsburg is advising citizens to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Health Department (VDH) on how to enjoy a safe Halloween.
The CDC and VDH have categorized possible Halloween activities into three categories: lower risk, moderate risk, and higher risk. The lower risk activities are safest and are recommended by the City.
Both the CDC and VDH categorize traditional trick-or-treating, during which candy is handed to children who go door-to-door, as a high-risk activity. One-way trick-or-treating, during which individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab while adhering to physical distancing guidelines, is categorized as a moderate risk.
Families who choose to trick-or-treat are asked to do so from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 for children ages 12 and under. Please assume a home is not participating in trick-or-treating if the front porch light is off.
The City recommends families engage in only the lower risk activities identified by the CDC. The CDC’s breakdown is below:
- Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
- Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
- Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
- Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house
- Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
- Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
- Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to ho
- Participating in one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (If preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after preparing the bags.)
- Having a small group, outdoor, open-air costume parade where people are distance more than 6 feet apart
- Attending a costume party held outdoors where protective masks are used and people can remain more than 6 feet apart (Note: A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask. Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask.)
- Going to open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest where appropriate mask use is enforced, and people can remain more than 6 feet apart
- Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing
- Having an outdoor Halloween movie night with local family and friends with people staying at least 6 feet apart
- Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door
- Having truck-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots
- Attending crowded costume parties held indoors
- Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming
- Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household
- Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgment and increase risky behaviors
- Traveling to a rural fall festival that is not in your community if you live in an area with community spread of COVID-19
For CDC information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html.
Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters
The City recommends limiting activity to the lower risk items listed above. If you decide to trick-or-treat, Williamsburg Police Department has a few health and safety tips for families who decide to trick-or-treat:
- Use hand sanitizer between houses.
- Wear a cloth mask that covers both your mouth and nose, but do not wear both a costume mask and a cloth mask at the same time.
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk with a trusted adult.
- Plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.
- Only walk on sidewalks, if possible. Otherwise, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
- Choose bright costumes and have children carry flashlights or glow sticks so they are easily visible. Adding reflective tape to costumes and candy bags also makes children more visible.
- Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
- Teach children to say, “NO!” in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them.