Halloween Safety

Halloween is a nationally recognized event that is not managed by the City of Sanford. However, the City of Sanford has established the following ordinance for the municipality:
Halloween Code of Ordinances

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update



Though trick-or-treating is not canceled for the City of Sanford, this year the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and the City of Sanford “strongly recommend” against traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. 

Residents are encouraged to consider alternate Halloween activities that carry a lower risk for transmission of coronavirus. View low- and moderate-risk options from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here.

Ultimately, the City leaves the decision whether to participate in traditional Halloween night activities to the discretion of residents.

Any residents who do not want trick-or-treaters on their property should turn off their porch lights and close their front doors. Trick-or-treaters are asked to be respectful to those who choose not to participate.

Anyone who chooses to participate – either as trick-or-treaters or distributors of candy – are strongly urged to follow these public health recommendations:
  • Be safe and use common sense, such as wear a protective mask or face covering;
  • Maintain social distancing if not in the same household;
  • Any household with a positive case of COVID-19 should not participate;
  • Any individuals with COVID-19 symptoms should not participate;
  • Any homes that are supplying candy are encouraged to practice safe social distancing;
  • All participants should sanitize their hands after touching objects or people.

Further Guidance