Are you wondering what time Trick or Treat is in various communities around Ann Arbor? Trick or Treat is a very tricky topic in 2020 (pun intended). Officially the CDC lists Trick or Treat as a high risk activity – at least the way it has been done in the past. This is causing some municipalities to skip setting official Trick or Treat hours.
This year more than ever, the best bet for trick or treat is to check-in with your local neighborhood and see what your neighbors are planning. The best places for this information depends on how your neighborhood usually communicates – a Facebook Group, an Email Group, Next Door, etc. You can also talk to your neighbors in a socially distant way to see if they have decided anything.
Remember if you are not participating in trick or treat, turn off your outside lights. And if you are taking your kids trick or treating, skip houses with their lights off.
Tips for a Safer Trick or Treat House
There are ways that you can decrease the risk of trick or treat at your house.
Give Trick or Treaters Space
Set your house up so that trick or treaters can maintain distance. Our front walk is narrow and barely has room for kids to pass each other let alone maintain 6′ of space. So we are going to distribute candy from our driveway.
We are also going to establish an in and an out lane. Since we will be on the driveway, we will use chalk and maybe some signs.
Socially Distant Candy Distribution
Part of the risk of trick or treat is the proximity needed to hand out candy and kids reaching into a candy bowl. I usually let kids pick their own candy, but this year we will not have kids pick candy from a bowl.
I’ve heard and seen tons of fun ideas.
Candy Slide or Chute
I have seen several pictures of candy chutes using PVC pipe. Check out this video demo:
I looked at using a PVC pipe or even a couple of wrapping paper tubes. Then, I decided to see what materials I had on hand. I have a 6′ PVC board left from replacing rotting wood. By propping it on a step stool and a ladder, it is perfect to slide candy down.
I am planning to decorate the top as a witch’s cauldron and don my witch’s hat to mix up their brew (aka candy) and slide it down to them.
Halloween Zip Line
A Halloween Zip Line is an awesome idea for trick or treat. The one below is made using a fishing reel. A slower zip line could also be made from a clothes line.
In addition to chutes, slides, and zip lines, I have seen a few other suggestions for spreading out candy distribution. One of the most popular is placing bags of candy on sticks in the yard. Personally, I am a bit concerned about the safety of various sticks in the yard. Clothespins can be used to attach candy to the sticks or even to trees.
One of my neighbors suggested chalk circles 6′ apart which I thought was a super easy way to hand out candy (but would require a driveway)..
A simple table with you on one side and candy placed on the ends is also a simple way to keep distance between you and trick or treaters.
Suggestions for All Trick or Treat Homes
No matter how you choose to distribute candy, there are a few tips for all to follow
- Skip handing out candy if you or anyone you have been in contact with is showing symptoms of COVID or other illnesses
- Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose
- Minimize pinch points – is your front walk narrow? Try distributing candy from your driveway, front yard, or garage
- Set In & Out lanes for trick or treaters. I’m planning to do it with chalk
Tips to be a Safer Trick or Treater
If you are taking your kids trick or treating, there are several tips to keep everyone safer.
- Make sure to wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose. While you will be outside, you will likely have moments in close proximity to residents and other trick or treaters
- Bring Hand Sanitizer and use it regularly
- Stay home if you or anyone you have been in recent contact with has symptoms of COVID or other illnesses
- Keep your distance. Respect In & Out lanes established by neighbors, Let the previous group finish before approaching.
- Trick or Treat as a household instead of with friends. This may be hardest for the older kids who are used to going with friends and not siblings.
Ann Arbor Trick or Treat Times
All communities around Ann Arbor trick or treat on Halloween, October 31 no matter which day of the week it is. Personally I’m good with anything from dusk until about 8:30/9p. However, most of the local municipalities have official trick or treat hours. I live in Pittsfield Township. We don’t typically get trick or treaters until close to 6:30 – and will leave my light on until close to 9p. Personally, I prefer it to be dark.
For 2020, I am seeing communities opting not to officially endorse Halloween by setting specific hours. As a Pittsfield Township resident, I received their communications which recommend against trick or treat, but shared the MDHHS guidelines and suggested the standard 6-8p if you do decide to trick or treat.
At a recent City Council meeting, Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor said “…it’s just not safe and it’s a loss.” Based on this I don’t expect the City of Ann Arbor to announce official trick or treat hours. From what I understand they are also not currently approving permits for street closures that some neighborhoods use.
Recommended Trick or Treat Hours for 2020
- Pittsfield Township – 6-8p
- Saline – 6-8p
- Dexter – 5-7p – Note this is a shift in times from previous years
- Ypsilanti Township – 5-8p
- Chelsea – 5:30-7:30p
- Milan – 6-8p
- Manchester – 5-7p
Recommending Skipping Trick or Treat
Ann Arbor Halloween Events
Of course Trick or Treating in the evening isn’t the only event on Halloween.?9:00am-4:00pm Downtown Dexter Trick or Treat at Monument Park
?10:00am-10:30am Halloween Party! at Downtown Branch of AADL
?10:00am-2:00pm Pick Your Pumpkin Hayrides at Kensington Metropark Farm Center
?11:00am-3:00pm Halloween Treat Parade at Main Street Area
?11:30am-12:45pm Not-So-Spooky Halloween Party at Ruby's Makery
?2:00pm-4:00pm 2nd Annual Community Trick or Treat at The Cedars of Dexter
?5:00pm-8:00pm Boo Bash at Briarwood Mall
?5:30pm-9:00pm Haunts for Hunger at Haunts for Hunger
?6:30pm-9:00pm Halloween Candy Safety Checks at McDonalds
For Halloween events throughout October, don’t miss our Washtenaw County Halloween Happenings.