On Saturday, October 31, children nationwide will head out with friends and family to partake in Halloween festivities. The City of Mason utilizes the Trick-or-Treat date and time to promote safety in the community and help alert residents to expect more foot traffic in neighborhoods and on streets. Below are a few tips, to ensure a safe and happy Halloween. Participating in trick or treating activities is voluntary. Those selecting to distribute candy are encouraged to turn on outside lighting indicating willingness to participate.

The Mason Police and Fire Department will be visiting neighborhoods distributing candy to children and hand sanitizer for adults.  Look for us in your neighborhood!

Below, please find additional recommended COVID-19 protocols for trick or treating.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of full masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Walk Safely

  • Always use sidewalks when available.
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep a careful watch as you cross.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Watch for cars turning or backing up.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep your head up.
  • Never try to cross the street between parked cars.
  • Parents, practice walking with your child using sidewalks and crosswalks when available.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Additional COVID-19 safety

  • Wear a glove for the sole purpose of distributing candy. Keep a glove in or next to the bowl when not distributing candy.
  • Take hand sanitizer and use generously.
  • Allowing children to grab candy from a bowl is discouraged.
  • Dress up a COVID-19 face mask to wear that matches your costume.
  • One family at a house at one time allows for social distancing.
  • Social distance where possible along sidewalks and streets.
  • Allow candy to sit for 24 hours prior to opening.
  • Wash hands soon after returning home.
  • After trick or treating remove costumes prior to entering your home.

We hope everyone enjoys a safe night!