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Posted on: October 1, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Trick-or-Treat



This year’s Trick-or-Treat hours will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31.  

The CDC has determined that traditional, door-to-door trick-or-treating is a higher-risk activity. The CDC recommends that individuals and families avoid higher-risk activities as much as possible. 

Not all families will feel comfortable participating in trick-or-treating this year. Participating in trick-or-treating is a personal choice for each family, and neighbors may choose differently from others based on their own comfort levels. All trick-or-treaters are encouraged to be respectful of their neighbors' decisions to participate in trick-or-treating or not. Should your family choose to trick-or-treat, please carefully review the safety tips below.

While the City is not encouraging trick or treating due to the pandemic, the following guidelines will help promote a safe experience for families and individuals that choose to participate.With the proper precautions, everyone can enjoy a safe and spooky celebration. 

If you’re trick-or-treating

  • Stay home if you are sick. DO NOT hand out treats or trick-or-treat if you are sick.
  • Only trick-or-treat with people you live with. Going with people you don’t live with can expose you to COVID-19.
  • Wear a face mask that covers both your nose and mouth. Do not use a costume mask as a substitute for a cloth mask unless it's made of 2 or more layers of breathable fabric. Do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask, as it may become difficult to breathe.
  • Trick-or-treat in your neighborhood. Staying close to home may reduce the likelihood of the virus spreading out more broadly.
  • Do not come within 6 feet of other groups. Leave space on the sidewalk and when going up to houses.
  • Have hand sanitizer available. Use sanitizer often and before eating, or after coughing/sneezing. Wash your hands thoroughly when you return home.

If you’re handing out treats

  • Turn on your porch light or post a sign on your door to let trick-or treaters know you’re participating.
  • Get creative with distributing candy while maintaining physical distance:
  • Limit contact: Candy should be handed out by one individual who should be masked and gloved. Children should not be allowed to grab candy out of a bowl. 
  • Use a table: Distribute treats by placing on a table on the front porch, walkway or driveway instead of handing treats out. 
  • Think outside the box: Consider fun ways of distributing candy and maintaining distance such as candy chutes or individual grab bags or paper cups.

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