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Trick-or-Treat and Halloween Haunted Trails Update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning against participating in certain holiday traditions to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  Based upon CDC guidance, the Village has cancelled its annual Halloween Haunted Trail event, will not post official trick-or-treat hours for October 31, and encourages everyone to celebrate Halloween safely with their family and friends. Door-to-door trick-or-treating is strongly discouraged this year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now officially discouraged trick-or-treating in 2020.

According to the CDC, “many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses.”

High-risk Halloween activities, according to the CDC include the following:

  • Door-to-door trick-or-treating
  • Trunk-or-treat events with treats handed out to large groups from trunks of cars
  • Indoor costume parties
  • Indoor haunted houses
  • Hayrides/tractor rides with people who are not in your household
  • Going to a fall festival outside your community

But that doesn’t mean Halloween is canceled. You and your family can still participate in plenty of festive activities.

Below are some of the low-risk Halloween activities mentioned by the CDC:

  • Carving/decorating pumpkins with your family
  • Carving/decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors/friends
  • Decorating your home for the season
  • Halloween scavenger hunt where children find Halloween-themed things while walking outdoors from house-to-house
  • Halloween movie night with your family
  • Halloween scavenger hunt style trick-or-treat search, where your household searches around you home for treats

For more holiday suggestions, including medium-risk Halloween activities click here.

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