Lancaster announces 2020 trick or treat night with COVID-19 guidelines

Andrew Cummings
September 27, 2020

But, for 2020, trick-or-treating may look a little different due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A Department of Health spokesperson says public health officials are creating some recommendations for a safe Halloween during COVID-19.

Throughout the pandemic, some consumers have been looking for ways to follow social distancing guidelines while continuing their day-to-day activities - and Halloween seems to be no different.

"If you are a retailer that is selling party goods, costumes or seasonal specific items only, naturally Halloween in many cases can be more than 50% of revenue", Liu said. It includes avoiding trick-or-treating, trunk-or-treating, indoor costume parties, haunted houses, hayrides or traveling to rural fall festivals.

Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends. "I think it's important for the community to be able to celebrate this fun night with all of the changes and cancellations we have been dealing with this year".

The higher-risk category includes door-to-door trick-or-treating and events where children get treats from the trunks of cars in a parking lot. Instead, her family will use their costume money on new Halloween decor, and her four kids, ages 3 to 11, will search for candy at home. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus.

"All the retailers that are in the business of selling Halloween candy had to take a position on this for the first time in probably recent history", said Kerry Liu, executive vice president of strategic innovation at Kinaxis Inc., a supply-chain planning company.

Consider handing out the candy in an open space (like a driveway) as opposed to having trick-or-treaters come to the door. "In some ways, the physically distanced candy-delivery ideas sound more fun", said Patel. The primary message is, "Don't let your kid eat candy with dirty hands", he said.

"We encourage families to keep safety in mind regarding social distancing, wearing masks, and safely wiping down candy wrappers upon arriving home", said Christina Schaefer, city spokesperson.

While you could technically sanitize wrappers, said Dr. Rita Nasseri, a Los Angeles physician and mother of three, "the safest solution is to buy your own candy and give your children that as a treat".

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