City of Milwaukee Trick-or-Treat

Sunday, Oct. 30 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Making Trick or Treating COVID-Safe

For Trick-or-Treaters:

  • Wear a mask – and not just a spooky one!
    • 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.
  • Carry hand sanitizer and sanitize often after touching objects or other people.
    • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Parents: supervise young children using hand sanitizer.
  • Trick or Treat with your household only.
    • Maintain at least six feet of distance between you and other Trick-or-Treaters.
    • Wait your turn before approaching a house to avoid gathering in small spaces.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home and before you eat any treats.

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms or have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, stay home, put on a Halloween movie, and enjoy some sweets from your couch.

For Treat-Givers:

  • Pass out treats outdoors where there is better ventilation
    • Wear a mask when you answer the door—and not just a spooky one!
    • Make your cloth mask part of your costume.
  • A costume mask is NOT a substitute for a cloth mask.
  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters when possible 
    • Set up a station with individually wrapped treats for kids to take.
    • Find fun and creative ways to pass out candy, like a candy chute!
  • Wash your hands before and after handing out treats

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms or have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, forego passing out candy this year.

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  Tips for Parents

Before children start out on “trick or treat” rounds, parents should ensure the following: 

  • It is suggested that parents and children wear a face covering or face mask covering their nose and mouth, not obstructing eye view when going to the many homes for “trick or treat” rounds. 
  • Practice social distancing whenever possible by keeping 6 feet away from others who do not live with you. Have a bottle of hand sanitizer on hand for quick use if needed. 
  • Keep safety in mind when designing costumes to ensure children have a fun-filled and safety-filled Halloween. 
  • Select a costume that is the right size to prevent trips and falls. Choose face paint over costume masks when possible. Costume masks can limit children’s vision. 
  • In the event of cold weather, choose costumes that are slightly loose so that warm clothes can be worn underneath. This allows freedom of movement when walking or climbing steps to the front door to get treats.  
  • During trick-or-treat rounds, accompany youngsters under the age of 12. 
  • Children should travel only in familiar areas, along a prearranged route, and be instructed never to enter a stranger’s home. Additionally, a return time to home should be established. 
  • Before eating treats, ensure kids as well as adults wash their hands with soap and water before handling and eating treats. 
  • Explain to youngsters not to eat any treats until you have inspected the treats. A meal or a snack beforehand will help deter them from digging into their candy.   

For more information, please call the Milwaukee Police Department Safety Division at 414-935-7990.


  Halloween Safety Tips from the National Fire Protection Association

Planning ahead can help make this Halloween a safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can prevent fires. 

Facts & Figures:

  • Decorations for special events accounted for an annual average of 1,000 home fires, most often involving candles, and causing two civilian deaths and $6.8 million in direct property damage per year from 1993-1998. 
  • More than 100 people die each year as a result of their clothing becoming ignited. 

Safety Tips:

  • Purchase only costumes, wigs and props labeled flame-resistant or flame-retardant. When creating a costume, choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes in contact with heat or flame. Avoid billowing or long trailing features. 
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs, heaters, etc. 
  • Use extreme caution when decorating with candles, and supervise children at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside Jack-O-Lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches and be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from all combustible items. Pumpkins can also be illuminated with small, inexpensive flashlights. 
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, ensuring nothing blocks escape routes. 
  • Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting. 
  • Instruct children to stay away from open flames or other heat sources. Be sure children know how to stop, drop and roll in the event their clothing catches fire. (Stop immediately, drop to the ground, covering your face with your hands, and roll over and over to extinguish flames.) 
  • Instruct children who are attending parties at others' homes to locate the exits and plan how they would get out in an emergency. 
  • Provide children with lightweight flashlights to carry for lighting or as part of their costume

Get More Halloween Safety Tips

  Organizing a Trick-or-Treat Event in Your Neighborhood

Many neighborhood groups and block clubs are organizing their own Trick or Treat event in their neighborhoods. The Department of Public Works Special Events Office has received several requests to block off side streets for neighborhood sponsored events. Block party permits require the signatures of neighbors on the block to make sure they do not object to the street being blocked during the time of the event and they should be submitted 30 days in advance. Please visit Special Events & Permits or call 414-286-3915.  

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