Are you wondering what time Trick or Treat is in various communities around Ann Arbor? Trick or Treat is still a tricky topic in 2021 with kids not yet able to be vaccinated. However, the outdoor nature of the event does make it a bit safer.
In 2020 the CDC listed Trick or Treat as a high risk activity – at least the way it has been done in the past. A few simple modifications can make trick or treat a relatively safe activity for 2021.
In general trick or treating in the Ann Arbor area is on Halloween evening – yes, even this year when Halloween is on a Sunday.
While many local cities and townships offer trick or treat guidance, 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 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
- Tips to be a Safer Trick or Treater
- Ann Arbor Trick or Treat Times
- Halloween in Quarantine
- Ann Arbor Halloween Events
Tips for a Safer Trick or Treat House
Washtenaw County Health Department provided these tips for a Safer Halloween.
For handing out candy:
For Trick or Treaters
There are ways that you can decrease the risk of trick or treat at your house.
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Give Trick or Treaters Space
The simplest modification to trick or treat is to move away from your front door and to an open area. Traditionally, we have handed out candy from our front porch. This makes our front walk and porch a crowded pinch point that is partially covered.
Last year we distributed candy from our driveway using a basic candy slide created from a ladder, step stool and a board. We got into the spirit using our digital projector to display a Halloween scene on the garage door. Sadly it wasn’t easy to see until it got sufficiently dark. This year, we will probably skip the candy slide, but still distribute from the driveway and setup the Halloween scene projection.
As a corollary to this, if you are not distributing candy from the driveway, respect the trick or treaters who decide to skip your house. Last year, my daughter quit trick or treating when a house she skipped kept calling her to come to the front door.
Wear Face Masks
While we are outside, masks are not necessarily required. But, we will be wearing our masks while interacting with trick or treaters or for my daughter interacting with houses. This is especially important if you will be going indoors or in large crowds.
Socially Distant Candy Distribution
If you want to be extra cautious, you can use one of these socially distant candy distribution methods.
Last year I saw lots of fun ideas posted before Halloween.
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 had a 6′ PVC board left from replacing rotting wood. By propping it on a step stool and a ladder, it was 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.
A big one for me is respecting the comfort level of the trick or treaters. My daughter went to a few houses last year. She was carefully selecting houses that had distanced trick or treating – masks on the givers, no close contact needed, etc. But had a couple of houses pressuring her to come to their front door when they had no masks and no distancing. This caused her to quit trick or treating early.
- Skip handing out candy if you or anyone you have been in contact with is showing symptoms of COVID or other illnesses
- Get your COVID & Flu vaccines for all that are eligible.
- 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 if you have narrow areas. Sidewalk chalk works great for this.
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 someone who has symptoms of COVID or other illnesses
- Keep your distance. Respect In & Out lanes established by neighbors, Let the previous group finish before approaching.
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 – including on Sunday as in 2021. 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.
2021 Trick or Treat Hours
We have confirmed the following trick or treat hours for 2021:
- City of Ann Arbor – typically 5-8p
- Pittsfield Township – 6-8p
- Ypsilanti Township – 5-8p
- Dexter 5-7p – (A shift in hours from pre-pandemic)
- Chelsea – 5:30-7:30p
- Milan – 6-8p
- Manchester – 5-7p – Typically coincides with their Halloween event at Wurster Park which is 5-7p
- Northfield Township – 5-8
Get Dinner & Treats First
Wondering what to do about dinner tonight? We’ve found some Halloween Dining Deals and Themed Food items (we had Washtenaw Dairy’s Halloween cereal donuts for breakfast).
Recommended Trick or Treat Hours from Past Years
I have not yet seen announcements from the following locations. The City of Ypsilanti has previously told me that trick or treat is not an official city activity, but they recommend the hours below.
Halloween in Quarantine
With Pittsfield Elementary in quarantine to start October, it raises the question of what happens if a school or family is in quarantine over Halloween.
If a whole school is in virtual learning, I’d love to see neighborhoods in the school zone come up with alternate plans. A few suggestions:
- Set a trick or treat date a week or two later
- Hold a reverse trick or treat. Put baskets near the sidewalk and let non-quarantined adults and kids walk around and drop candy for kids in the window or porch.
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Ann Arbor Halloween Events
Of course Trick or Treating in the evening isn’t the only event on Halloween – especially since Halloween is on the weekend this year.🎃11:00am-4:00pm Halloween Spooktacular at Blast Corn Maze
🎃11:00am-7:30pm Hometown Halloween at Downtown Chelsea
🎃12:00pm-5:00pm Halloween Costume Contest at Literati Bookstore
🎃12:00pm Hocus Pocus Drag Brunch at Sidetrack
🎃3:00pm-4:45pm Halloween Concert -- Dexter Community Orchestra at Dexter High School
🎃3:00pm-6:00pm Halloween on the Farm at S&R Lavender Farm
🎃4:00pm-9:30pm Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village at Henry Ford Museum
🎃4:00pm-5:00pm Halloween Concert at Hill Auditorium
🎃4:00pm-5:00pm Haunted House Organ Spooktacular at First Presbyterian Church
🎃4:30pm-5:30pm Kiwanis Community Halloween Party at Palmer Commons
🎃5:00pm-7:00pm Halloween Caramel Apple Event/Pumpkin Bowling at Wurster Park Manchester
🎃5:30pm-7:00pm Community Halloween Rest Stop at Chelsea First United Methodist Church
🎃6:00pm-8:00pm Halloween Glow at North Star Reach
For Halloween events throughout October, don’t miss our Washtenaw County Halloween Happenings.