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Halloween 2020 in Downers Grove


The Village is aware that trick-or-treating this year presents some significant challenges. While the Village has not established regulations for trick-or-treating in Downers Grove, we have routinely offered safety recommendations. The safety of our residents is a top priority. Here are some safety tips for Halloween 2020:

  • All residents are encouraged to consult the Illinois Department of Public Health guidance for Halloween activities, found here:  IDPH Halloween Guidance

  • Residents who do not wish to participate should keep their front porch lights off and front door closed. A sign on the door indicating non-participation can also be used.

  • If you choose to participate in trick-or-treating, please:

    • Do so during daylight hours.

    • Maintain social distance from others, at least 6 feet,

    • Wear a mask that covers both the nose and mouth.

    • Use hand sanitizer often.

    • Disinfect high touch surfaces outside your home (such as doorbells, doorknobs and buzzers).

Safety Tips for Kids

The Downers Grove Police Department offers the following tips for a happy, not haunted holiday:

  • Kids should trick-or-treat with parents or in small groups - never alone.

  • Wear light colored or reflective clothing. Decorate your costume and treat bag with reflective tape.

  • Stay on the sidewalk and watch for cars backing out of driveways.

  • Cross streets at corners using the crosswalks and traffic signals.

  • Only accept treats that are wrapped and securely sealed.

  • Parents should check treats before they are eaten.

  • Do not be distracted by talking on the cell phone while walking near roadways.

  • Vandalism is a crime.  Please remember that Halloween is not an excuse to damage or destroy someone else's property.

Safety Tips for Drivers

  • Slow down - kids are excited on Halloween and they may not be paying attention when near the roadway.

  • Use caution entering and exiting driveways. 

  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can be alert to your surroundings. 


Anyone under 17 years of age is prohibited from being on the street after 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and midnight on Friday and Saturday.


Pumpkin Smash

November 7, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Various locations 

What will you do with your pumpkin after Halloween? Don't let it rot in landfill. Bring your jack-o-lantern to the annual SCARCE Pumpkin Smash to be composted - nature's method of recycling. Participating locations can  be found throughout Illinois and across the country.  It's going to be a smashing time!