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Posted on: October 13, 2020

City of Jackson recommendations for safe Halloween celebrations

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With Halloween 2020 happening during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jackson City Council recently approved a resolution that sets trick-or-treat hours and safety recommendations for residents participating in this fall tradition. 

The resolution establishes Halloween hours from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. Residents wishing to participate in Halloween activities are encouraged to observe these hours for passing out treats or trick-or-treating. The following recommendations for safe Halloween activities were laid out in the approved resolution, based on guidelines from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).  


  • Stay home if you are sick. 
  • Maintain social distancing of at least six feet. 
  • Wear a cloth mask that covers both the mouth and nose. A costume mask does not provide adequate protection. 
  • Wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer while trick-or-treating. 


  • If you intend to hand out treats, turn your porch light on as a sign of welcome. If you don’t wish to participate, turn off your porch light or exterior lighting.
  • Mark six-foot lines on your front sidewalk or driveway so trick-or-treaters know to social distance as they wait for candy. 
  • Position a distribution table between yourself and trick-or-treaters to maintain distance. 
  • Leave treats on a table outside your home where trick-or-treaters can pick them up. 
  • Consider handing out treats in an open space where distancing is possible, rather than a front door.  

Residents wanting further guidance on safe Halloween celebrations are directed to online information from MDHHS

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