After careful consideration, I have decided that the City will hold trick-or-treating on Saturday, October 31, between 6–8 p.m. Everyone is asked to adhere to the Ohio Department of Health's "Celebrating Halloween" guidance, which is summarized below.
The Ohio Department of Health is strongly recommending that Ohioans exercise caution when deciding to participate in trick-or-treating and events that put them in close contact with people outside their immediate family and friends.
We are asking families to limit the number of homes children visit to reduce the risk of being exposed to the virus. Also, DO NOT PUT BOWLS OF CANDY OUT for children. In “normal” times, this would not be a problem. In “pandemic” times, having different little hands dipping in and out of bowls is risky at best.
While only large gatherings are actually banned, the state released a list of Halloween safety precautions to try to stop the spread of COVID-19. Here is a summary:
Always wear a face covering and stay six feet away from people who are not from your household, whether trick-or-treating, passing out treats, or attending attractions or events.
- Limit the number of houses you visit and ask your children to stay as far from treat-givers as possible. For small children, consider holding the bag for them.
- Wipe off candy wrappers with sanitizing wipes when you arrive home. NEVER wipe unpackaged food with wipes.
- Allow children to eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid homemade treats made by strangers.
- Carry hand sanitizer and use it often.
Parties & Events
- Limit attendance to no more than 10 people and ideally outdoors where social distancing is possible. Avoid activities, such as bobbing for apples, haunted houses, and hayrides which foster the spread of infection.
- Holding a drive-through trick-or-treat event, with children in costume and face coverings staying in cars and collecting treats from individuals spaced at least six feet apart.
- Holding costume parties/contests then asking people to post photos on Facebook.