HONESDALE, WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — With Halloween just less than four weeks away, events and organizations are making last-minute decisions whether to hold events like trick-or-treating due to coronavirus.
One community says they’re planning to hold trick-or-treating. This decision comes after a 5 to 1 vote by the Honesdale council to continue trick-or-treating in the borough.
Honesdale Mayor Sarah Canfield told Eyewitness News that she is urging everyone who participates, to follow CDC guidelines.
“Washing your hands, sanitizing your hands… We don’t want to spread anything. We do want to be safe about it, and if you don’t feel good, please stay home,” Mayor Canfield said.
She is encouraging everyone to go out in small groups and to wear masks underneath your costume mask. If you’re handing out candy, the mayor stresses to continuously keep everything sanitized.
“Personally, I would say the homeowner…to give the candy out. So, there’s not multiple hands reaching into the candy,” Mayor Canfield said.
Eyewitness News spoke to locals in Honesdale to get their thoughts on whether trick-or-treating this year should be a ‘no’ or a ‘go’.
Amy Hopkins, a local shop manager, says gatherings should be small and handled safe but she is all for people to go out.
“Halloween is for kids, I’m okay with either. Provided it’s safe… Safe for the kids,” Hopkins said.
“It makes me happy, because I have just a lot going on, and I find that it’s a good distraction to help me get my mind off things,” Brittney Barclay said.
Others like Sharon Kittner are a little more concerned.
“I love children and I love to have parties and I love these traditions, but my concern is safety for the children,” Kittner said.
“I hope as long as everybody stays safe and they are smart, we’ll have a great night and have fun,” Mayor Canfield said.
And for anyone that wants to go trick-or-treating on Halloween, the time frame is from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and if you do not want people coming up to your door, you can turn off your lights.