2020 has been packed with enough thrills and frights to put any haunted house to shame.
With Halloween on the horizon, some towns with official trick-or-treating hours are starting to set policies so that children can be safe.
Elk Grove Village is distributing colored signs to homes. A green sign on the door means trick or treaters welcome, while a red sign means come back next year.
Mayor Craig Johnson is a self-proclaimed big fan of trick or treating and takes his grandkids on the rounds.
He said he wanted Elk Grove Village to offer trick-or-treating hours to make up for last year's blast of winter. Halloween 2019 featured at least 3.5 inches of snow, high winds and temperatures in the 20s.
Those who do participate will have to follow the COVID safety protocols.
"We're asking all trick or treaters to wear a safe face covering, whether it's a mask or cloth or whatever they use to cover their face,” he said. “Anyone with the trick or treaters, parents, brothers taking the people out, they need to also wear some kind of face covering.”
He added that homeowners have to play their part.
"We're encouraging, very strongly, the households that are handing the candy out to wear a mask and gloves if possible, and we're asking them to have wrapped candy for the kids, and we ask them to put it in the bucket if the can, and not have the kids grab it out of their bucket," Johnson said.
He also encouraged adults taking part in Halloween festivities to follow CDC guidelines.
North suburban Niles is recommending that people not go out for trick-or-treating. If they do, town officials say, people should follow COVID safety guidelines.