Trick or Treat Night Moved to October 31

Due to the poor weather forecast for October 29, and in accordance with attempting to keep our children out of cold and rainy weather at this time when colds and COVID-19 symptoms are similar, New Albany has decided to move its Halloween Trick or Treat celebration from Thursday, October 29, to Saturday, October 31, from 4-6 pm. The weather should be better for the event during this time, and the event will be over well before the OSU football game. We encourage parents to use their best judgment in determining if their children will participate in Trick or Treat. For those who do, please dress appropriately for the weather and follow the Halloween-related health and safety recommendations below.

This year especially, we encourage you to carry hand sanitizer, remind children to stay six feet away from others who are not family, wipe off candy wrappers with sanitizing wipes before allowing your children to eat anything, and consider limiting the number of homes you visit. Households participating in trick or treat are encouraged to use surgical gloves and facemasks when handing out candy and NOT having a community candy bowl for kids to pick through this year. Aside from COVID-related issues during Halloween, don’t forget to discuss the importance of general safety with your children, as they are four times more likely to be hit by a vehicle on this day than any other day of the year. Also remind them to stop at only well-lit houses and not to enter a stranger’s house.

The following are additional safety tips from Franklin County Public Health:

Trick or Treaters

  • Children and parents should wear cloth face masks appropriate for COVID-19 (except for children under two years of age and individuals with medical contraindications).
  • Ensure face masks covers both nose and mouth. Costume masks are not approved protection from COVID-19.
  • Only trick or treat with a small group of family members or close friends who you typically spend time with.
  • Maintain social distance of at least six feet from other groups. Wait for other groups to leave before you go up to a house.
  • Practice hand hygiene and bring hand sanitizer to use between houses.
  • Take only wrapped candy or treats. Wait to be handed candy or treats and do not reach into large bowls or containers.
  • Stay in your own neighborhood. Do not go to multiple areas.
  • Avoid large gatherings and indoor activities.
  • Get an influenza vaccine at least two weeks before Halloween.
  • Do not participate if you or your child feels sick, has symptoms of COVID-19 or is at high risk of complication or if you or a family member are under current isolation or quarantine restrictions from the health department.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don’t run from house to house.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.

Treat Givers

  • Designate one adult per household to hand out candy or treats, preferably while remaining outside behind a table.
  • Wear cloth face masks appropriate for COVID-19.
  • Put candy or treats in individual baggies and lay them out for children instead of putting it in a large bowl for visitors to grab themselves.
  • Provide hand sanitizer for trick or treaters.
  • Disinfect doorbells, doorknobs or other high-touch surfaces outside your home.
  • Get an influenza vaccine at least two weeks before Halloween.
  • Do not participate if you or anyone in your household feels sick, has symptoms of COVID-19 or if you or a family member are under current isolation or quarantine restrictions from the
    health department.
  • For those at high risk of complications, stay inside behind a storm door to watch trick or treaters from a distance.
  • Turn off house lights if you are not participating this year.

Tips for Drivers

• Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.
• Take extra time to look for kids at intersections and on medians and curbs.
• Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
• Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and surroundings.
• Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.