“But, if you have some ….
“But, if you have some type of standards that this is what you’re hoping, people would be more apt to follow it,” said Weideman.
“We certainly don’t want to not do anything, but we also don’t want to prolong the wearing of the mask, either,” said Carothers, adding that masks will be mandatory for those handing out candy at Trunk-or-Treat, as well as gloves. “If you don’t want to wear a mask to participate, then don’t participate.”
Weideman said precautions should be taken for the least amount of contact as possible, as well as staying six feet apart at all times. She recommended that homeowners distribute treats on their porch or in the yard, by leaving a bowl out for children to help themselves.
Residents who choose not to hand out treats in any way, can put out a sign, stating they are not participating in the Trick-or-Treating and should keep their porch/yard lights off, as a signal there is no candy at that house.
“To me, I’d rather have one person handing out candy, than a bunch of kids reaching into a bucket and contaminating the whole bowl,” said city administrator Dave DeJongh. “The bowl idea doesn’t make sense to me,” agreed Public Safety chairman Aimee Korger. “Theoretically, there is not contact if anyone is putting stuff into a bag (held by a Trickor- Treater).”
It was also agreed that people handing out treats, must have them individually wrapped and store bought. The decision to move the location for Trunk-or-Treat was made after several present felt there would not be adequate spacing at the city park and that it would be safer for the kids, rather than have them running back and forth across the streets near the small park.
It was also agreed that the Trunk-or-Treat – which gives people who don’t get Trick-or-Treaters a chance to distribute candy – would be held on Halloween afternoon, Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Mill Yard Park, from 3-4 p.m. The neighborhood- wide Trick-or-Treat will take place from 3-6 p.m. that day, with the approval from the Cornell City Council at an upcoming meeting.
“The county health department isn’t saying not to do it,” said Carothers, “but if you’re going to do it, stay safe, use precautions.”