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Posted on: October 19, 2021

City of Williamsburg Halloween Guidelines

Trick-or-treat hours in the City of Williamsburg are from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, for children 12 and under. Households that do not want to participate should turn off their porch lights.

To protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19, please follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). The CDC recommends that all adults and children aged 12 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine, but many trick-or-treaters aren’t eligible to get vaccinated yet. VDH recommends the following precautions:

  • Incorporate a cloth or surgical mask into your costume.
  • Trick-or-treat in small groups outdoors, or enjoy other outdoor activities.
  • Wash your hands before eating candy.
  • Track local virus transmission rates, and take extra precautions where rates are high.
  • Get the COVID-19 vaccine (age 12+) and your flu shot.

Williamsburg Police Department recommends the following tips for a safe Halloween night:

  • Costumes should be easy to walk in and short enough to avoid tripping. They should be made out of non-flammable material and easy to see in the dark. Reflective tape sewn onto the costume works well.
  • Trick-or-treaters should plan their route ahead of time, picking streets that are in familiar neighborhoods and well lit.
  • Young children should never trick-or-treat without an adult or older sibling. Older children who trick-or-treat without an adult should do so in a group with the route and return time approved by the caretaker. A flashlight or glow stick should be carried to light the way and to be more visible to cars. 
  • Only go to homes with the porch light on.
  • Trick-or-treaters should cross only at corners, never between parked cars or in the middle of the block. When possible, they should stay on the sidewalk. If there isn’t a sidewalk, they should stay as far left of the roadway as possible and walk facing traffic. When approaching a house, they should watch for candles in Jack-O-Lanterns or other decorations that may catch clothes on fire.
  • Trick-or-treaters should never go into the home of a stranger, even if they are invited in.
  • Candy should not be eaten until after it has been checked out by an adult. Treats not in their original packaging should be thrown away. Any suspicious candy should be reported to the Police Department as soon as possible.
  • Drivers should remember to watch for children trick-or-treating as they might forget to watch out for you.

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