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The recommended Trick-or-Treating time in Ypsilanti Township for Saturday, October 31, 2020 is from 5:00pm - 8:00pm.

 

Halloween should be a fun and memorable night for children and their parents. Before heading out, review these tips so you can be prepared for a safe Halloween night of trick-or-treating:

  • The sunset time for Halloween in Ypsilanti Township will be around 6:30pm. Be sure to wear bright colors or add reflective gear to costumes and candy bags so children are easily seen in the dark. Trick-or-treaters should also carry a glow stick or flashlight.
  • Keep children, draperies, furniture and decorations away from flammable items, such as jack-o-lanterns and candles.
  • Watch pets around costumed children. Pets may become frightened resulting in unexpected behavior.
  • Be sure that costume props are safe. Avoid hard plastic or wooden props; opt instead for items made of foam or rubber.
  • Plan a trick-or-treating route ahead of time in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets. Avoid unfamiliar neighborhoods, streets that are isolated or homes that are poorly lit inside or outside.
  • Never send young children out alone. They should always be accompanied by a parent or another trusted adult. Older children trick-or-treating without a parent should always travel in groups; know the route and neighborhood your child will be trick-or-treating in.
  • Do not allow children to approach a home or vehicle alone.
  • Watch for traffic and avoid walking in the street. It may be difficult for drivers to see children in the dark. Only cross the street using a crosswalk.
  • Have a plan in case you get separated. Make sure your children know your phone number(s) and address.
  • Teach your children to say "NO!" and "This is NOT my mother/father!" in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them. Also teach them to make every effort to run away by kicking, screaming and resisting.
  • Remind your children not to eat any candy until you get home and can inspect it for any suspicious packaging.
  • Remember to drive slowly and carefully on Halloween, especially through neighborhoods. Some children may be wearing costumes which make them difficult to see.

 

CDC Tips for Trick-or-Treating

Traditional Halloween activities are fun, but some can increase the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 or influenza. Plan alternate ways to participate in Halloween and take precautions to protect yourself and others whether you are a trick-or-treater, parent, or participate in handing out candy.

Make trick-or-treating safer by:

  • Washing hands before handling treats
  • Avoiding direct contact with trick-or-treaters
    • Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take
  • Staying at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you; indoors and outdoors, you are more likely to get or spread COVID-19 when you are in close contact with others for a long time
  • Giving out treats outdoors, if possible
  • Wearing a mask
    • Make your cloth mask part of your costume; a costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask.
    • Do NOT wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. It can make breathing more difficult.
    • Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing
  • Using hand sanitizer on-the-go
    • Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it after touching objects or other people
    • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Parents: supervise young children using hand sanitizer.
  • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home and before you eat any treats

 

Other Halloween Activities

  • Walk from house to house, admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
  • Hide Halloween treats in and around your house for a treat hunt with household members
  • Hold an outdoor costume parade or contest so everyone can show off their costumes
  • Host an outdoor Halloween movie night with friends or neighbors or an indoor movie night with your household members
  • Decorate and carve pumpkins with members of your household or outside with neighbors or friends
  • Decorate your home for Halloween
  • Visit an orchard, pumpkin patch, forest, or corn maze or outdoor scavenger hunt

Remember to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially after touching frequently touched surfaces, pumpkins, or apples.

View the CDC Article

 

We hope everyone has fun and stays safe this Halloween!

Charter Township of Ypsilanti  •  7200 S. Huron River Dr. Ypsilanti, Mi 48197  •  (734) 484 - 4700

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