Halloween & Trick or Treating Precautions

MAYOR SCOTT GALVIN AND THE BOARD OF HEALTH ASK RESIDENTS TO TAKE THE FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONS IF THEY CHOOSE TO TRICK OR TREAT THIS YEAR:

  • Give out treats outdoors, set up table with individually bagged treats for kids to take. Avoid handing out candy directly to trick or treaters
  • If you do not wish to participate in Halloween, turn off outdoor lights
  • Only trick or treat to those homes with outdoor lights on
  • Wear a face mask or face covering.
  • Observe good hand hygiene, including hand washing and use of alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol. Carry hand sanitizer and use it often, especially after coming into contact with frequently touched surfaces and before eating candy.
  • Refrain from touching your face.
  • Stay home and refrain from Halloween activities, including handing out Halloween treats, if:
    • you feel unwell;
    • you have tested positive for COVID-19;
    • you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19;

 

Drivers should operate their motor vehicles with extreme caution

Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet of physical distance from all other people not family members

Residents are asked to avoid higher risk activities this Halloween in order to prevent the spread of the virus. These activities include:

  • Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots
  • Attending crowded costume parties held indoors
  • Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming
  • Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household
  • Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors
  • Traveling to a rural fall festival that is not in your community if you live in an area with community spread of COVID-19

Chief Rufo will have additional police officers working on Halloween and will be in your neighborhoods to say hello and  facilitate and assist in the safety of all trick or treaters and residents.

Downloadable PDF/printable version of this information: Trick or Treating Precautions