Trick or Treat Hours have not been announced yet for 2021 however they are typically close to the same time as last year. This post will be updated once times are released.
Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach Trick or Treating Hours – 6 – 8 pm
Chesapeake- Kids up to age 14, from 6pm until 8pm.
Hampton– Kids ages 12 and younger from dusk until 8pm.
Newport News – Kids ages 12 and under, no later than 8pm.
Portsmouth– Kids ages 12 and under, no later than 8pm.
Virginia Beach– Kids 12 years of age and younger, dusk and until 8pm.
Both the CDC and VDH have deemed traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating a high risk activity and have suggested citizens take part in other safer activities to celebrate the holiday such as:
- Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household
- 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 admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
Trick-or-treating involves the increased risk for transmitting COVID-19 due to the potential for close proximity to many people and the difficulty for trick-or-treaters to follow mask use and social distancing recommendations. If you do choose to trick-or-treat, it is important to protect yourself and others using the following recommendations:
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past ten days, or have been in contact with someone with COVID in the past 14 days, follow VDH guidance to stay home and away from others. If you are self-isolating or self-quarantining, do not participate in trick-or-treating this year, and look for other virtual options to celebrate.
- Be sure to maintain at least six feet of distance between yourself and others who do not live in your household at all times.
- Wash your hands before going trick-or-treating or handing out candy. Hand sanitizer should be used while trick-or-treating or handing out candy when soap and water aren’t available.
- Wear a cloth mask. Halloween masks may not fit snugly against the face and may not cover the nose and mouth. Halloween masks with gaps and holes do not protect against inhaling respiratory droplets from other people. Wearing a cloth mask under a Halloween mask may make it hard to breathe and is not recommended.
- If you hand out candy, consider setting up an area outside, like a folding table or chairs, to set out candy. Space out the placement of treats so that multiple people do not have to reach into the same bowl or find contactless ways to deliver treats, like a candy chute that is more than six feet long. For trunk-or-treating, create distance between cars by parking in every other space.
The CDC’s Guidance for Holiday Celebrations and the Virginia Department of Health’s Interim Guidance for Halloween offer more information. Citizens are also encouraged to monitor Halloween2020.org for COVID risk levels and recommended activities.
For more tips on keeping children safe, visit https://www.safekids.