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. 

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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.

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