York County Trick-or-Treat Hours Safety
Oct. 31, 2020 from 6 pm to 8 pm
This year’s hours for trick-or-treating in York County will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Halloween night, Saturday October 31. Children age 12 or younger may trick-or-treat and should be accompanied by an adult. Residents are asked to turn on porch lights to identify homes that wish to receive trick-or-treaters. To ensure a safe Halloween experience, the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety and the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office recommend the following safety tips:
- Incorporate a cloth facemask into costumes and consider wearing protective gloves to finish the look. A Halloween mask is not a suitable alternative to a cloth facemask.
- Carry hand sanitizer with you and use often
- Do not allow children to take candy directly from neighbors and stay six feet away from others not in your family group.
- Residents are asked to turn on porch lights to identify homes that wish to receive trick-or-treaters. Please avoid houses where porch lights are off.
- Remind children to be careful, watch for traffic, and to use flashlights.
- Make sure costumes and shoes fit properly to avoid tripping hazards.
- Purchase Halloween costumes (including wigs, capes and props) that feature a “flame-resistant” or “flame-retardant” label.
- Consider wearing bright and/or light-colored costumes, which are easier to see at night.
- Carry a flashlight or light-stick, and attach “glow-in-the-dark” items or reflective tape to the front and back of children’s costumes. Make sure your trick-or-treater can see and be seen.
- Have an adult accompany younger children.
- For more on Halloween Safety, call Fire & Life Safety at (757) 890-3600 or the Sheriff’s Office at (757) 890-3630.
The CDC has shared its list of Halloween activities for families to enjoy while staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Activities fall under categories of low-, moderate-, and high-risk. Trick-or-treating is included in the high-risk category, but the CDC suggests an alternative way to go house-to-house that reduces it to a moderate-risk activity: one-way trick-or-treating. The complete list of low-, moderate-, and high-risk activities may be found online at: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween.