Ann Arbor Trick or Treat Times

How to Trick or Treat in Ann Arbor Area in 2021

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Are you wondering what time Trick or Treat is in various communities around Ann Arbor?ย 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. However, if it can be moved to more of an outdoor event with some distance between trick or treaters and residents I feel comfortable that it can be done safely.

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. Last year we distributed candy from our driveway using a 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.

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.

Distributed Hand-Outs

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. 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.

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

Recommending Skipping Trick or Treat

Ann Arbor Halloween Events

Of course Trick or Treating in the evening isn’t the only event on Halloween.

๐ŸŽƒ11:00am-7:30pm Hometown Halloween at Downtown Chelsea
๐ŸŽƒ4:00pm-9:30pm Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village at Henry Ford Museum
๐ŸŽƒ4:00pm-5:00pm Halloween Concert at Hill Auditorium
๐ŸŽƒ5:00pm-7:00pm Halloween Caramel Apple Event/Pumpkin Bowling at Wurster Park Manchester


For Halloween events throughout October, don’t miss our Washtenaw County Halloween Happenings.

Washtenaw Halloween Happenings

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