Halloween in Carlisle Q & A (For Carlisle Residents Only)
Is there Trick or Treating in the Center of Town this year? Yes and no, Trick or Treating will be hosted in serveral neighborhoods throughout Carlisle this year to reduce the number of people gathering in one location. Town center is one of the participating neighborhoods, so you may sign up for this neighborhood if there is space available. Each household needs to visit the the Sign Up Genius to select a neighborhood and a time to participate. Please be sure to visit only one neighborhood at the time you have selected.
What are the hours to trick or treating this year? Trick-or-treating will happen between 3:00 and 6:00 pm this year. It is essential that all festivities end before it gets too dark. Each household needs to visit the Sign Up Genius to select a neighborhood and a time to participate. Please be sure to visit only one neighborhood at the time you have selected.
How will children get their candy? Each participating house has been instructed to set up a table at the end of their driveway or on the sidewalk in front of their house, spreading candy out on the table. This will allow children to select their candy without having to reach into a bowl or come in close contact with the host. Children should also be mindful to keep at a safe distance from other children who are not in their household or bubble.
We're just going to trick-or-treat in our own neighborhood, do we still need to sign up? Yes. The Board of Health and the LEPC approved of this plan because it is designed to keep crowds to a minimum. In this case we are limiting trick-or-treating in each designated neighborhood to 20 families/households, per hour for three hours. So even if you are trick-or-treating in your own neighborhood, you need to register your plan on the Sign Up Genius
Why can't we just go to the center of town? Each year between 800 and 1,000 children visit the center of trick-or-treat on Halloween. This is far too many people to be in one location, even though it is outdoors. Decentralizing trick or treating among several neighborhoods, and having families arrive at different times will greatly reduce the number of people at any one location while still allowing those who love Halloween to still have a fun experience. Priority will be given to residents of each neighborhood.
All the spaces for my neighborhood have been taken, but we are not signed up! Please contact one of the coordinators, click here.
My children are different ages, can we choose two slots so they can be with their peers? No, unfortunately we have limited spaces in each neighborhood. Each time slot is for a family/household, not individual children. And so for this year families/households will need to trick-or-treat together.
Can we visit other neighborhoods, without trick-or-treating? No. Remember, we are trying to keep crowd size to a minimum. Safety is paramount, we need to keep neighborhoods from being full of people at any given time. If you want to experience Halloween without trick-or-treating please sign up for a slot for a specific time in a specific neighborhood. Keep in mind that the slot you take may prevent children from trick-or-treating in that neighborhood. So if you're not trick-or-treating, consider seeing the photos in the Mosquito after Halloween. This also holds true for trick-or-treaters, please visit only the neighborhood at the time you have signed up for, even if you don't plant to trick-or-treat in another neighborhood.
Teens want to enjoy Halloween after dark, why can't they? With so many changes to Halloween this year we, and the Board of Health, feel it is safest to hold these activities in the light of day. Typically quiet neighborhoods will have increased traffic, and most of the activity will happen close to the street. Please note that neighborhoods have been instructed to end their trick or treating promptly at 6:00 pm. Carlisle Police will canvas neighborhoods soon after 6:00 to be sure trick or treating has ended for the safety of our children and hosts.
Brought to you by The Carlisle Cheer Project and all the wonderful neighborhood volunteers who organizedthis Halloween.