While many are preparing for the spookiest time of the year, it’s incumbent upon residents to know the “do’s and don’ts” that come along with Halloween 2020.
The City of Greenville entered an ordinance which states, “Door to door neighborhood trick or treating is hereby cancelled, however other creative methods are allowed and encouraged but must follow local, state, and federal guidelines.”
The Town of Metcalfe will not allow door to door trick or treating this year either.
No consequences or fines are associated with violating these ordinances.
However, neighborhoods will be patrolled and individuals are expected to comply with the ordinances.
Other towns such as Leland, Arcola and Hollandale will allow trick or treating this year, but are encouraging residents to be safe and to adhere to CDC guidelines.
Curfew for the City of Leland is set for 8 p.m. on Halloween night.
There are no trick-or-treat hours set for the participating municipalities, but Arcola and Hollandale are encouraging parents to use discretion if taking their children out for door to door trick or treating.
The American Red Cross offers several tips parents can follow to help keep the kids safe while enjoying the festivities:
* Trick-or-treaters need to see and be seen;
* Have everyone wear light-colored clothing;
* Use flame-resistant costumes;
* Make sure adults know where the kids are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children door-to-door;
* Be cautious around animals, especially dogs;
* Walk, don’t run;
* Only visit homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door – never go inside;
* Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street;
* If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic;
* Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner;
* Drivers – use extra caution. The youngsters may forget to look both ways before crossing;
* A grown-up should check the goodies before eating;
* Make sure to remove loose candy, open packages and choking hazards; and
* Discard any items with brand names that you are not familiar with.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still very much a concern, parents may even double down on those tips.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists a variety of low and moderate activities that parents and children may enjoy as an alternative to door to door trick-or-treating.
Those can be found at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween.