The City of Fishers has announced trick-or-treating hours and recommendations to stay safe and healthy this Halloween. Citywide trick-or-treat hours will be held Saturday, October 31 from 6-8 p.m. To stay safe on Halloween, Fishers Police Chief Ed Gebhart offers the following tips:
- A parent or adult should accompany children when they are trick-or-treating.
- Stay within your neighborhood. Only visit homes where the porch lights are on, indicating a home that is handing out treats.
- Only go to houses where you know the owner.
- Give and accept pre-packaged candy only. Homemade treats should not be handed out or consumed.
- Have children bring treats home for adult inspection before they are eaten.
- Carry a flashlight.
- Choose costumes that are flame retardant.
- Wear light-colored clothing, short enough to prevent tripping. Add reflective tape to dark colored costumes.
- Watch for vehicular traffic and use caution when crossing the street.
The Fishers Health Department’s Public Health Director, Monica Heltz, DNP, MPH, shares health-related safety recommendations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 on Halloween. Those recommendations include:
- Do not participate in trick-or-treating or handing out treats if you have symptoms of COVID-19, a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past 10 days, or have been notified that you have been in contact with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
- All trick-or-treaters and all persons handing out treats should sanitize hands frequently and if possible, between each contact. Hands should also be sanitized prior to consuming any edible treats.
- All trick-or-treaters and all persons at home when answering their door should wear a mask or facial covering made of two or more layers of breathable material.
- All treats should be individually wrapped.
- Do not dispense treats from a common bowl or receptacle. Consider no-contact methods for dispensing treats (i.e. treats in individual bags in the yard, treats in plastic eggs dispersed in the yard, etc.) Trick-or-treaters should look for treats outdoors around the house before knocking.
- Trick-or-treat only with individuals from your household or smallest social bubble.
- Consider lower risk activities for celebrating Halloween as an alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating, especially for high-risk individuals. Ideas include a neighborhood scavenger hunt, virtual costume contest, or family movie night.
The complete list of Halloween recommendations is available at fishers.in.us/HolidayTips.