Carmel issues guidance for trick-or-treating during pandemic 


Trick-or-treating will be permitted in Carmel this year, but officials are encouraging safety measures this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Suggested trick-or-treating hours are between 5 and 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. Trick-or-treaters and chaperoning adults are encouraged to wear a face mask when physical distancing can’t be maintained and when approaching a door.

Homeowners are asked to turn on a porch light if they are comfortable handing out treats and to wear a face mask when answering the door. Those who do not wish to participate should keep their porch light off and refrain from answering the door.

All treats should be pre-packaged. It is not advised to distribute homemade treats this year.

View Centers for Disease Control Halloween guidance at

The Carmel Police Dept. issued additional safety tips:

  • Adults should always accompany their children and carry a flashlight at night, staying within their own neighborhood and known homes

  • Watch for traffic before crossing any street

  • Avoid costumes that are long, which could cause tripping, or costumes that have hard plastic or wood props that could be a hazard

  • Inspect candy before allowing children to have it and dispose of unwrapped candy