Coraopolis – 6-8 p.m., Oct. 29
Crafton – 6-8 p.m., Oct. 31
Ingram – 2-4 p.m., Oct. 31
Kennedy – 5-7 p.m., Oct. 31
McKees Rocks – 6-8 p.m., Oct. 31
Neville – 6-8 p.m., Oct. 29
Robinson – 6-8 p.m., Oct. 31
Stowe – 6-8 p.m., Oct. 31
Halloween is coming upon us this month and while trick-or-trick is scheduled as usual, communities and counties are asking residents to take extra COVID-19 precautions to keep everyone safe.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention released recommendations for this year’s Halloween festivities and asks that everyone follow the guidelines. Obviously, if you suspect you may have or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 it is best not to participate in in-person activities at all.
If that is the case, or if you are at high risk for infection, the CDC offers low-risk alternatives for families:
• Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
• Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
• Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
• Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-related items to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
• Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
• Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
For those who are participating in trick-or-treat, take some safeguards to lower the risk of spreading. Wash your hands before preparing any candy or goodie bags. Avoid handing out candy directly and opt instead to leave it outside so that kids don’t have to knock on doors.
Adults and kids should both wear masks. A costume mask is not a substitute for a regular face mask.
Do not wear a cloth mask under a costume mask, as it can make it hard to breathe. Using a Halloween themed cloth mask is a good substitute.
For more information about alternative activities or guidelines, visit cdc.gov.