Can I Trick-or-Treat in Yukon this Year?
Saturday, October 31, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., will be designated for trick-or-treating in the City of Yukon. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals will need to choose whether they wish to participate in traditional trick-or-treating activities. The CDC has placed this activity in the “higher risk” category for the virus transmission. For those who choose to participate by visiting homes, these tips are strongly encouraged:
- Do not participate if you are feeling unwell.
- All participants over the age of two are urged to wear proper face coverings.
- Avoid close contact with others by leaving candy on your porch, or socially distanced on lawns and walkways.
- Offer candy on a disinfected table or use another method to eliminate direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
- If you prefer to answer the door to greet tick-or-treaters, pass out candy instead of inviting children to take treats from a communal bowl.
- Trick-or-treat as a household; do not go in large groups.
- If possible, try to only visit homes with people in which you already have regular contact.
- Maintain a safe distance from other trick-or-treat groups. Do not approach a house until the previous group leaves.
- Do not distribute homemade treats or fresh fruit.
- Keep hand sanitizer near your door for you and trick-or-treaters.
- Take sanitizer with you when taking your children to trick-or-treat.
- Wash hands after trick-or-treating, especially before eating candy.
- Turn on porch lights to show your house is welcoming trick-or-treaters.
- Teach children to avoid homes if lights are not on. Not all families are comfortable participating this year.
Lower Risk Trick-or-Treating Alternatives
Just because trick-or-treating is considered a high risk activity does not mean residents have to nix Halloween altogether. There are still many ways to celebrate the spooky season without traditional trick-or-treating. A few ideas include:
- Decorating neighborhood homes for the holiday and hosting a drive-by parade to view the decorations.
- Planning a photo scavenger hunt around the neighborhood.
- Hosting a virtual costume contest.
- Having a virtual or stay-in scary movie night.
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