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Trick-or-treating is the event of Halloween. Whether you snagged the latest store-bought costume or made DIY Halloween costumes for your kids—maybe you even tried out one of the best Halloween costumes for the whole family!—the night begins with dress-up and ends with loads of everyone's favorite Halloween candies, so what's not to love?
While last year felt like an extra-long episode of The Twilight Zone, a lot of parents and kids are probably wondering what trick-or-treating looks like for Halloween 2021. Because the pandemic looks quite different right now depending on where you live, with some areas' outbreaks under control while others are still struggling, the CDC's recommendations can vary. So it’s essential to consult local laws and guidelines for what time trick-or-treating begins and ends—or if it is happening where you live. If you do go out, be sure to practice social distancing, wear a Halloween coronavirus face mask, and keep hand sanitizer at the ready.
Whether you're taking your crew out and about or staying home to greet little ghouls and goblins, it's important to know when trick-or-treating will kick off, as start and end times vary from town to town. Generally speaking, you can expect candy-hungry youngsters—especially toddlers and early elementary-aged kids—to show up at your door around sunset, or even a bit earlier (think between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.). Older elementary kids, tweens, and teens (just how old is too old to trick-or-treat?) will likely keep knocking until 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., or the time stated by your local curfew laws. Keep your front porch light on as long as you’re willing to accept trick-or-treaters. When curfew hits, you run out of candy, or you’re just ready to call it a night, turn off your light.
Check your local news outlets for exact trick-or-treating times, as well as the most recent safety guidelines. Stay safe out there, and happy Halloween!
Atlanta: Local news outlets suggest trick-or-treating from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., on average.
Baltimore: 6 p.m.
Boston: Local news outlets suggest 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., on average.
Chicago: Local news outlets suggest 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., on average.
Cincinnati: Local news outlets suggest 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on average.
Cleveland: Local news outlets suggest 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on average.
Dallas: 6:30 p.m.
Denver: Local news outlets suggest 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., on average.
Houston: 6:30 p.m.
Indianapolis: Local news outlets suggest 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on average.
Las Vegas: Local news outlets suggest 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., on average.
Los Angeles: 6 p.m.
Miami: 6:30 p.m.
Milwaukee: Local news outlets report that trick-or-treating is on a community-by-community basis.
Minneapolis: 6 p.m.
New Orleans: 6 p.m.
New York: 6 p.m.
Oklahoma City: 6:30 p.m.
Philadelphia: Local news outlets suggest 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on average.
Phoenix: Local news outlets suggest 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., on average.
Pittsburgh: Local news outlets suggest 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on average.
St. Louis: 6 p.m.
Salt Lake City: 6:30 p.m.
San Antonio: 7 p.m.
San Diego: 6 p.m.
San Francisco: 6 p.m.
Seattle: Local news outlets suggest 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., on average.
Washington: Local news outlets suggest 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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