Due to a chance for rain on the originally scheduled date of Thursday, October 28, and several resident requests to use our backup date, the City of New Albany has made the decision to move Trick or Treat to Sunday, October 31 from 4-6 p.m. While the weather forecast could change between now and Sunday, moving the event to Halloween appears to be the better option at this point. Sunday’s event will take place rain or shine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given a green light for trick or treating this Halloween. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told CBS News, “I wouldn’t necessarily go to a crowded Halloween party, but I think we should be able to let our kids go trick-or-treating in small groups.”
Experts say it is still best to take precautionary measures for Halloween this year. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:
Trick or Treaters
- Children and parents should wear cloth face masks appropriate for COVID-19 if social distancing is not possible (except for children under two years of age and individuals with medical contraindications).
- 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.
- Avoid large gatherings and indoor activities.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.