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Posted on: October 9, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Trick-Or-Treating Guidance for Halloween 2020 In Light of COVID-19

Trick-Or-Treating Guidance for Halloween 2020

While the City of Portland does not control or sanction Halloween activities or Trick-or-Treating, it does want to make sure that residents are aware of this year’s safety guidelines should families choose to participate in Halloween 2020. The City is encouraging anyone who decides to participate in trick-or-treating to be informed of the guidelines and do so safely in light of the ongoing pandemic and the need to prevent further spread of COVID-19. 

The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published an interactive website for individuals to review. Cumberland County is designated in the yellow zone.

The yellow zone includes a recommendation allowing for Trick-or-Treating with the following tips for Trick-or-Treaters:

  • Stay home if sick

  • Trick or treat with people you live with

  • Remain 6 feet away from others in the community

  • Wear a face covering that covers both your nose and mouth under/over your Halloween costume

  • Utilize hand sanitizer frequently, especially before eating any treats you acquire

Tips for households passing out candy:

  • Do not hand out candy if you are sick

  • Wear a face covering that covers both your nose and mouth

  • Take the Safe House pledge and register as an official Halloween Safe House at Halloween2020.org

  • Use duct tape to mark 6-foot lines leading up to your doorway

  • Position a distribution table between yourself and trick-or-treaters

  • Distribute candy on disinfected table to eliminate direct contact and avoid anyone reaching into a bowl

  • Wash hands often


Parents should talk with their children about safety precautions and physical distancing, also be sure to wear a face covering over your nose and mouth and inspect all candy before giving it to your children.


In addition to the federal guidelines, the City is encouraging residents to talk with their neighbors about safe ways in which to celebrate, including ways that may not include traditional trick-or-treating if that is preferred. Also, the City would like to remind residents to not leave their outside light on if they do not wish to pass out candy this year. 

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