House-to-house trick-or-treating ‘is not recommended’

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is recommending against traditional trick-or-treat this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.



a group of people wearing costumes: Costumed children line Wisconsin Avenue waiting for treats during the Oconomowoc Halloween Parade on Oct. 27 that followed several hours of Downtown Trick or Treating.


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Costumed children line Wisconsin Avenue waiting for treats during the Oconomowoc Halloween Parade on Oct. 27 that followed several hours of Downtown Trick or Treating.

“Going house-to-house and having in-person contact is not recommended,” according to the department’s “COVID-19 Staying safe in your community” webpage. 

If individual communities decide to schedule traditional trick-or-treating times, DHS suggests that a safer way to host trick-or-treaters is to leave individual treat bags on the porch for kids to pick up, and to watch and wave from inside the house.

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“Even though being outside decreases the risk, being in close contact with people you don’t live with increases the risk of spreading and contracting COVID-19,” the department’s guidance says. 

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