Trick or Treat is on for West Michigan
One of the biggest questions looming in the minds of children and parents everywhere this fall is, “Will there be Halloween??”
Well of COURSE there will be Halloween!
But it may look different for you this year. School parties laden with candy and big Halloween celebrations in the neighbor’s house may be modified, but kids can still dress up on their own. You can make Halloween what you want.
And for many families in West Michigan, that means trick or treating.
We called area municipalities to see what their trick or treat times looked like this year. Was it even going to be a thing this year?
The big answer we got was, “Sure, residents can trick or treat! This is not a city sanctioned activity!”
From city hall to public safety officers, local officials mainly want residents to stay safe this year, choosing what’s best for their families, and practicing guidelines from places like the County Health Department and the CDC.
Hacks for Passing out Halloween Candy
One of the big modifications this year is how some residents will hand out candy. In the good old days, kids could often grab a candy from a big bucket. This year, to keep the germ count lower, many of us will be dispensing our candy in more creative ways.
Local neighborhood groups have been alive with chatter about how to hand out candy. Here are some of their ideas:
- Prepackaged candy on a table out front.
- Designated (masked) adult handing candy out individually to children, making it only one person having contact with the candy.
- Sending candy down a chute to children on the sidewalk.
- Homes on hills can shoot candy down decorated tracks or slides.
- Hanging treat bags from trees.
This year Halloween comes with a set of recommended precautions from the CDC. You can read them here.
Michigan Department of Health Recommendations for Trick-or-Treating are here.
Halloween Trick or Treating Times for Greater Grand Rapids
Click the box for trick-or-treating details for your community. If a box says “unconfirmed” then we were not able to gather updated trick or treat hours as of time of publication.
Time: no designated time
Time: 5:30 – 8 PM
Time: no decision made as of time of publication
Time: 5:30 – 8 PM
Village of Caledonia, 6 – 8 PM,
Cascade Twp, no designated time
Comstock Park (Alpine Twp), no designated times
Coopersville, 6 – 8 PM
Dorr Twp, no designated time
East Grand Rapids, 10/31/21,
Ferrysburg, 6 – 8 PM
Fruitport Charter Township, 6 – 8 PM
Georgetown Twp (Jenison), 6 – 8 PM
Grand Haven, 6 – 8 PM
City of Grand Rapids, dusk – 8 PM
Grandville, 6 – 8 PM
Holland, 6 -8 PM
Hudsonville, no designated time
Kentwood, 6 – 8 PM
Lowell, 5:30 – 8 PM
Middleville, 5 – 8 PM
Rockford, 5:30 – 8 PM
Sparta 5:30 – 8 PM
Spring Lake 6 – 8 PM
Walker, no designated time.
Wayland, 5:30 – 8 PM
Wyoming, no designated time
Zeeland, 5 – 7 PM