Halloween brings neighborhoods and communities together. The City of Fond du Lac, along with the Fond du Lac County Health Department, are supportive of trick or treating with good community education and safe practices. While we do not want to discourage the fun, there is a higher risk of spreading COVID-19 as groups get larger and gather for a longer period of time. Although trick-or-treating interactions are typically quick, they do involve close and frequent contact and should include precautions to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
To maintain public health and encourage residents to celebrate Halloween safely, the City encourages residents to become familiar with the guidance released by the Fond du Lac County Health Department to determine whether they feel safe participating in trick-or-treating and other Halloween activities this year. The City understands not everyone may feel comfortable with trick-or-treating this year, so we have designed signs for residents to place in their windows, doors, or other visible areas for trick-or-treaters to identify whether a home is participating or not.
Residents may download the signs using the links below or pick up a copy of their preferred sign at the following locations:
- 160 S. Macy St. – City Payments (1st floor) or City Administrative Offices (4th floor)
- 32 Sheboygan St. – Fond du Lac Public Library
- 815 S. Main St. – Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue
- 126 N. Main St. – Fond du Lac Police Department
- 23 S. Main St – Envision Greater Fond du Lac
Those that will be participating in trick-or-treating are asked to place the “Yes! This house is Halloween ready!” sign in a highly visible location.
Those that are not participating can communicate their choice by placing the “Sorry! No Halloween treats here.” sign in a highly visible location.
Trick-or-Treating Hours and Safety Guidelines
City of Fond du Lac residents are reminded that the Trick or Treating hours in the City will be Saturday, October 31st from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
For the safety all, residents who choose to participate are encouraged to be aware of the Halloween Health & Safety Tips from the CDC and the following guidance from the Fond du Lac County Health Department:
PUBLIC HEALTH BEST PRACTICES
FOR TRICK-OR-TREATERS, HOMEOWNERS, & PARENTS/GUARDIANS
- Stay home if sick. DO NOT hand out treats or trick-or-treat if you are sick.
- Trick or treat with people you live with. Household members go together.
- Practice social distancing. Remain 6 feet apart from people not in your household.
- Wear a face mask that covers BOTH your mouth and nose when appropriate. This means even under/over your Halloween accessories as necessary.
- Homeowners distribute treats by placing them in a bucket or on a table on the front porch instead of handing things out. No in-person contact.
- Have hand sanitizer available. Use hand sanitizer often and before eating or after coughing/sneezing.
- Avoid public interaction with high risk groups both in the home as well as nursing home facilities.
ADDITIONAL TRICK-OR-TREATING SAFETY REMINDERS:
- Examine all treats and wash hands before eating them.
- Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
- Guide children to stay on the right side of the road and walk on sidewalks when possible.
- Look both ways before crossing the street.
- Carry a flashlight at night and ensure children have reflective clothing.
- Wear well-fitting masks and costumes appropriate for weather that also avoid blocking vision.
- Homeowners can post a sign or use porch lights to indicate if they are participating in trick-or-treat.