Here's When You Can Expect Chicago's Latest Halloween Guidelines


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Halloween is just a few weeks away, and Chicago officials are gearing up to announce guidance for festivities.

It could be as early as this week.

That’s according to a statement that the Chicago Department of Public Health issued to NBC Chicago on Monday (October 4), which also advised Chicagoans to check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for updates.

Illinoisans are apparently some of the most enthusiastic people in the nation when it comes to decorating for Halloween. A recent report by Lombardo Homes found that Illinois is No. 2 among the states with the most decorations, second only to Utah. The report also found that a whopping 82% of homeowners nationwide plan to decorate this year, and 41% will decorate during the first week of October.

Last year, Chicago officials set guidelines for citizens to safely partake in Halloween celebrations during the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady admitted that she was more “worried about the potential for large indoor gatherings” rather than trick-or-treaters. Last year, many of Chicago’s suburbs also announced guidelines for safe trick-or-treating. NBC Chicago also noted that city officials previously announced that some holiday festivities — including Halloween — could return in-person this year.


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