Halloween, like the 4th of July, is an American holiday tradition. No one can “cancel” Halloween, but the Village of Middleville sets hours for trick-or-treating to remind drivers to be on the lookout for kids walking through neighborhood streets.
This October, public health experts consider traditional trick-or-treating to be a high-risk activity and recommend that you do something different. There will be many trunk-or-treat spots around Middleville. Parents should share with children that this year is a special case. Let them know some of the new ways you plan to celebrate and still have fun.
If you are going to give away candy at your home, please:
* Use reflective tape to mark six-foot lines in front of the home and leading to driveway/front door.
* Consider handing out candy in an open space where distancing is possible, rather than from the front door.
* Position a distribution table between yourself and trick-or-treaters.
* Distribute candy on a disinfected table to eliminate direct contact.
If you are going to walk the neighborhoods, remember to:
* Trick or treat with people you live with.
* Avoid congregating in groups around houses.
* Only go to houses with safety measures in place.
* For parents with trick-or-treating kids, keep a six-foot distance from others not in your group and guide children to stay to the right to ensure social distancing.
* Wear a face mask covering both mouth and nose.
* A Halloween costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask, but do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask if wearing both causes difficulty breathing. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.