Good news (mostly for kids)! Halloween is not canceled in Akron. During a year where virtually everything has been canceled, kids still have a chance to go trick-or-treating. Earlier this week, Mayor Dan Horrigan’s office announced Akron’s trick-or-treat will take place from 5 to 7 pm on Oct. 31.
After conferring with Summit County Public Health regarding safety, here are the city’s guidelines for a safe and fun evening:
If anyone in your household is at greater risk of complications from COVID-19, contact your doctor before allowing participation.
Respect the decision of neighbors who choose not to participate and only approach homes with porch lights on between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.
Always wear a face covering and stay 6 feet away from people who are not from your household. Costume masks are not an appropriate form of face coverings, and wearing a costume mask in addition to cloth face covering is not recommended.
Carry hand sanitizer and use it often.
Trick-or-treat only with your immediate family. Group sizes should be limited to no more than 10 people.
Don’t let children select their own treats from a bowl/common container. Consider creative alternatives for contactless candy distribution like using a “grabber” tool or candy chute. You could place treats in individual baggies and leave them on the porch.
Wipe down candies with sanitizing wipes when you get home or “quarantine” the candy for 48 hours. Avoid homemade treats and only eat unopened, factory-wrapped candy.