West Springfield issues trick-or-treating guidance for Halloween

Hampden County

A child is seen having fun at a Halloween trick-or-treat. (iStock / Getty Images)

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Town of West Springfield is not canceling Halloween, but offers guidance concerning the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

According to West Springfield Mayor Reichelt, the town and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health created COVID-19 precautions with trick-or-treating and general Halloween safety tips.

West Springfield COVID-19 Precautions:

  • No Communal Bowls of Candy, if you are handing out candy it should be from the homeowner into the child’s basket touch-less
  • Wear a Mask
  • Travel with Members of your Household ONLY
  • Wash your candy wrappers before eating
  • If you are at high risk, potentially seek other alternatives for celebrating
  • Have hand sanitizer handy AND use it frequently
  • If you have symptoms of any illness, please do not participate in activities at the door or outside of the home.

Halloween Activities

Lower Risk Activities

  • Carving or Decorating Pumpkins with Members from your household and displaying
  • Carving or Decorating Pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
  • Having a Virtual Halloween Costume Contest
  • Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
    For more Lower Risk Activities to do on Halloween, please visit the link below!

Moderate Risk Activities

  • Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before
    touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced,a nd
    people are able to maintain social distancing
  • Having an outdoor Halloween movie night with local family friends with people
    spaced at least 6 feet apart. If screaming may occur, it is advised you sit further
    distance apart.
  • Having a small group, outdoor, open-air costume parade where people are distanced
    more than 6 feet apart
  • Going to an open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest where appropriate mask
    use is enforced, and people can remain more than 6 feet apart. If screaming will likely
    occur, greater distance apart is advised.

Higher Risk Activities:

Avoid these Higher Risk Activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes

  • Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed out to children
    who go door to door
  • Having a trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in
    large parking lots
  • Attending large costume parties held indoors
  • Going to an indoor haunted house where people will be crowded together and

The mayor also noted the trunk-or-treat events at schools or the haunting at Mittineague Park will not take place. However, there will be a Trick-or-Trail at the Morgan Road Pavilion.

For more information visit the West Springfield Halloween safety tips at TownofWestSpringfield.org.

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