February 8, 2023 Local Stories in and Around St. Joseph, Illinois

St. Joseph announces trick-or-treat hours

Trick-or-treating is happening in St. Joseph.

“The village will be making a proclamation to allow trick-or-treating this Halloween at our next board meeting,” said Mayor Tami Fruhling-Voges.

Trick or Treating will be allowed on Saturday, Oct. 31st between 6 to 8 p.m.

The village will also be holding a contest for the most creative candy delivery system to trick-or-treaters.

“The trick or treaters can submit those homes to the Village office on the Monday after Halloween,” Fruhling-Voges said. “They should submit a picture with a description of the delivery system or just a description.”

Fruhling-Voges said she thought this would be a fun way to encourage social distancing.

“The village has some very creative community members that hopefully will enjoy coming up with something. The kids will love it,” she said.

COVID-19 TRICK-OR-TREATING GUIDELINES
Trick-or-treating hours in the Village of St. Joseph will be from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, October 31. The use of face coverings, hand sanitizer, and social distancing (at least 6 feet) from others will always be required (per IDPH Guidelines), when outdoors while participating or chaperoning.
Trick-or-treating will be challenging amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic this year and may look different from previous Halloweens. However, for those who ARE welcoming trick-or-treaters to their home, leave your porch lights on to indicate you are participating. If you do not have a porch light, place a clearly marked sign welcoming trick-or treaters or indicating you are not participating. For trick-or-treaters, if you do not see a home with a porch light on or a sign posted, we ask that you respect the wishes of those homeowners by bypassing those residences.
If you and your family do decide to trick-or-treat this Halloween, here are a few guidelines to follow that will help protect our community and accommodate a safe Halloween experience for both participants and non-participants:
Trick or Treaters and Those Giving Candy:
If you have COVID-19, developed symptoms consistent with COVID-19, are under quarantine, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or are in a higher risk category, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities.

  1. Wear a mask – Incorporate a mask or face covering into your costume. Please remember that rubber or plastic masks do not offer any protection from the virus, so have a protective cloth mask layered into a costume’s decorative mask.
  2. Practice good hand hygiene – If you choose to go house to house for trick-or treating or give treats, be prepared to practice good hand hygiene. Bring along hand sanitizer to use before you move from one location to another. A suggestion for those giving treats; give to a single person to limit contact with others. Also wash your hands as frequently as possible.
  3. Maintain social distances – While it is fun to go trick-or-treating with friends, due to the COVID-19 risk, keep the group limited to family members who are

within your protected “bubble”. Gathering in groups with people from outside your household increases the risks. When you are walking around with your child, you do not want to go into a big group of people or into crowded areas. Please remember that keeping social distance (at least 6 feet) from others is important to limiting the spread of the virus. Those passing out treats consider alternative ways to limit contact with trick or treaters. Be creative and inventive! *The Village is sponsoring a contest to see who can create the safest, imaginative, and clever way to deliver your candy. Encourage your trick or treaters to nominate your home and delivery system to the Village office on Monday. Nominations can be written on a piece of paper and placed in the overnight mail slot or dropped off on Monday. The winner will receive a gift card from one of our local businesses.

  1. Avoid “Face to Face” exposure – Interactions at any given doorway or front porch should be very brief and as limited as possible, which will help reduce the risk of exposure. Trick or Treaters and those giving candy should always wear their mask.
  2. Avoid eating candy while trick or treating – Encourage Trick or Treaters to be sure hands have been sanitized before opening and eating candy. Those giving out candy can consider this a diet saver. Wash Your Hands Frequently!!
  3. Porch light must be on – If a homeowner is participating, they will keep their porch light on. If they do not have a porch light, they will have a clearly marked sign welcoming trick-or treaters or indicating they are not participating. This is long-standing basic Halloween etiquette. If no light is on, do not go to that home. A yard light, common in many subdivisions, that usually comes on automatically at dusk is not considered a porch light and should not be an indication that it is ok to go to your door.
    Those Not Participating Keep Your Porch Light Off!! If Your Porch Light Cannot Be Shut Off, clearly mark Your Porch or Front Door “NO TRICK OR TREATING”!!
    AS ALWAYS DRIVE SAFELY, USE THE SIDEWALKS, BRING A FLASHLIGHT, AND LOOK BEFORE CROSSING THE STREET.
    HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Banner
Related Posts

Caucus to be held Dec. 7

November 30, 2020

November 30, 2020

The Caucus of the Republican Party in St. Joseph will take place on Dec. 7 at the St. Joseph Township...

Live at St. Joseph Village Board, Oct. 25, 2022

October 25, 2022

October 25, 2022

I’ll give you one guess what’s on the agenda. GOLF CARTS. Before the meeting, the board is discussing gubernatorial candidates....

Live at St. Joseph Village Board, April 26

April 26, 2022

April 26, 2022

I am here. With my 20 closest friends.We are moving the agenda all over to get people in and out....

Sewer rates set to increase

April 23, 2019

April 23, 2019

Soon St. Joseph residents will receive a postcard in their mailbox. The postcard will explain the upcoming sewer rate increase....

Live at Ogden Village Board, July 7, 2022

July 7, 2022

July 7, 2022

Discussing a parking lease downtown for Hartke. I got here four minutes late and they were really going at it...

Gherna resigns from village board

July 11, 2019

July 11, 2019

Andy Gherna is resigning from the St. Joseph Village Board. Gherna announced that the July 23 board meeting will be...

Brush pickup to be suspended for May

April 24, 2019

April 24, 2019

Brush pickup is being suspended within the village of St. Joseph. Buildings and Grounds Chairperson Roy McCarty said the village...

Email billing to start next month for sewer

July 28, 2022

July 28, 2022

Starting next month St. Joseph residents can get their sewer bills in their email. The paperwork to sign up is...

Food trucks to be discussed at village board

June 19, 2020

June 19, 2020

Food trucks will be discussed at the next village board meeting. The board will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at...

Village asks residents to complete community survey

January 5, 2022

January 5, 2022

The Village of St. Joseph wants to know what its residents think. The village has created a community survey, which...

Business owners thankful for community support after break-ins

January 25, 2022

January 25, 2022

Around 6 a.m. this morning the owner of Country Chics, Stacy Cast, got a notification. The notification told her that...

Live at St. Joseph Village Board

October 8, 2019

October 8, 2019

The past few meetings have been packed… not this one. Only two audience members. They approved the minutes, are going...

St. Joseph addresses brush pickup

May 30, 2019

May 30, 2019

The Village of St. Joseph is suspending brush pick up for a second month in a row. The wet Spring...

Live at St. Joseph Village Board August 9, 2022

August 9, 2022

August 9, 2022

I am the only one in the audience so far. Thanks to MX electric for sponsoring our live blogs. They...

Village to hold public hearing on marijuana dispensaries

July 26, 2019

July 26, 2019

The Village of St. Joseph will hold a public hearing to discuss allowing marijuana dispensaries in town. The hearing will...

Comments
Leave a Reply