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Posted on: October 1, 2020

Trick or Treat in the City of Athens will take place on Saturday, October 31 from 5:30-6:30 pm.

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Trick-or-Treating:

  • If you are a participating house please turn your front porch light on. Please assume that any house without a light on, is NOT participating.
  • Wearing a facemask or facial covering is required in the City per ordinance 0-84-20. A costume mask is NOT a substitute for a cloth mask. Children under 2 and those that cannot remove a face covering should not wear a mask. 
  • Continue to maintain a 6 foot physical separation between members of your family and anyone else and remember that gatherings of more than 10 are still prohibited. 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. (NOTE: Never wipe unpackaged food with wipes.) 
  • Carry hand sanitizer with you and use it often.
  • Allow children to eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid homemade treats made by strangers.
  • If your child is at greater risk of complications from COVID-19, contact your doctor before allowing participation in Halloween activities.
  • For trick-or-treating, reach out to neighbors to discuss ways to ensure 6-foot social distancing, how candy can most safely be distributed, and the need for face coverings.
  • Refrain from having children select their own treats from a bowl/common container or set up a hand-sanitizing station.
  • Consider creative ways to distribute treats, such as using a candy “slide” made of PVC pipe, or hanging treats from a wall or fence.
  • If you feel you or family members are at a higher risk, display COVID symptoms, have a fever or cold, Do Not Participate
  • Continue to check with local and state health department guidelines as the Halloween date approaches.

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