Still Lots Of Treats

Halloween seems like the perfect time to celebrate the fun kind of scariness — but of course it will look different this year. Check out recommendations for trick-or-treating safely, plus all kinds of happenings for kids and adults, from costume contests to haunted houses. Just remember that all events are subject to change (boo) and may have specific safety rules, so check before you head out for your Halloween fun.

Trick-or-treat safely

State offers suggestions

Though the CDC is calling traditional trick-or-treating a “higher risk” activity, state public health officials have created a safety tip sheet for families that want to trick-or-treat and people who want to give out candy.
The tip sheet was provided to most municipalities and is available to view online at It offers suggestions like wearing a mask or face-covering when handing out candy, and bringing a bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you while out trick-or-treating.
“Certainly the things we’ve been saying all along … remain true for Halloween,” said Paul Raymond Jr., a spokesman for the state’s Covid-19 Joint Information Center. “Everybody needs to be aware and take preventative measures, including practicing six-foot social distancing, covering their nose and mouth and practicing good hand hygiene.”
Designated trick-or-treat times for Halloween have historically been set at the local level, usually either by a town or city’s board of selectmen or police department. A majority of communities are carrying on with the same days and times they normally do each year, but with the caveat that they could be subject to change based on the rate of positive Covid-19 tests in the days leading up to Halloween.
Some towns, like Exeter and Mont Vernon, have moved up the trick-or-treating times to earlier in the day as a way to better enforce regulations before the onset of darkness. Officials of other towns, like Chester, Fremont and Gilford, have decided not to set any hours at all.
Some cities and towns are recommending creative methods of handing out candy to promote social distancing. Officials in Nashua, for example, which will observe trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31, are suggesting people individually wrap goodie bags and line them up for trick-or-treaters to grab at the end of their driveway or edge of their yard. Others are strongly recommending against trick-or-treating altogether, especially in popular communal areas like town commons, and instead recommend some type of stay-at-home Halloween activity, like a family scavenger-style hunt in your backyard.
If you are going to go door to door, many towns recommend you do so in small groups and stay within your neighborhood as much as possible. A Halloween costume mask, Raymond said, is not a substitute for a cloth mask or face-covering and should not be worn underneath. Instead, the CDC recommends using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.

Neighborhood trick-or-treat times

Friday, Oct. 30
5 to 7 p.m.
Boscawen: 5 to 8 p.m.
Dover: 5 to 7 p.m.
Durham: 5 to 7 p.m.
Hampton Falls: 5 to 7 p.m.
Lee: 5 to 7 p.m.
Newmarket: 5 to 8 p.m.
North Hampton: 4 to 7 p.m.
Penacook: 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Rollinsford: 5 to 7 p.m.
Seabrook: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Strafford: 5 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 31
6 to 8 p.m.
Amherst: 6 to 8 p.m.
Antrim: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Atkinson: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Auburn: 1 to 4 p.m.
Bedford: 6 to 8 p.m.
Belmont: 5 to 8 p.m.
Bennington: 5 to 7 p.m.
Bow: 5 to 8 p.m.
Bradford: 5 to 8 p.m.
Brentwood: 5 to 8 p.m.
Brookline: 6 to 8 p.m.
Candia: 5 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 31
Canterbury: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Chichester: 5 to 8 p.m.
Concord: 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Danville: 6 to 8 p.m.
Deerfield: 4 to 7 p.m.
Deering: 5 to 8 p.m.
Derry: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Dunbarton: 5 to 7 p.m.
Epping: 5 to 7 p.m.
Epsom: 4 to 8 p.m.
Exeter: 3 to 6 p.m.
Franklin: 4 to 8 p.m.
Goffstown: 6 to 8 p.m.
Greenland: 3 to 6 p.m.
Hampstead: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Hampton: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Henniker: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Hillsborough: 5 to 8 p.m.
Hollis: 5 to 7 p.m.
Hooksett: 6 to 8 p.m.
Hudson: 6 to 8 p.m.
Kingston: 5 to 8 p.m.
Laconia: 5 to 7 p.m.
Litchfield: 6 to 8 p.m.
Londonderry: 6 to 8 p.m.
Lyndeborough: 5 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 31
Manchester: 6 to 8 p.m.
Milford: 6 to 8 p.m.
Mont Vernon: 3 to 5 p.m.
Merrimack: 6 to 8 p.m.
Nashua: 6 to 8 p.m.
New Boston: 6 to 8 p.m.
New Castle: 3 to 6 p.m.
New Ipswich: 5 to 7 p.m.
New London: 4 to 6 p.m.
Newton: 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Northfield: 5 to 8 p.m.
Nottingham: 5 to 7 p.m.
Pelham: 5 to 8 p.m.
Pembroke: 5 to 8 p.m.
Pittsfield: 5 to 8 p.m.
Plaistow: 5 to 7 p.m.
Portsmouth: 3 to 6 p.m.
Raymond: 5 to 7 p.m.
Salisbury: 5 to 8 p.m.
Sanbornton: 4 to 7 p.m.
Sandown: 6 to 8 p.m.
Stratham: 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Tilton: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Weare: 5 to 8 p.m.
Wilton: 5 to 7 p.m.
Windham: 5 to 8 p.m.

Author: Matt Ingersoll

Matt Ingersoll writes about all things food and drink, covering new restaurants and following the most delicious foodie trends in the state. Reach him at

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