Cities Prepping For Halloween During Pandemic

Tuesday, September 29th 2020, 10:51 pm
By: Clayton Cummins

Another holiday approaches amid the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving many municipalities left to decide how Halloween will look this year.  

Some local cities have made plans while others are working to finalize them. 

The Village has decided trick-or-treating will be done in the parking lot of city hall this year. COVID-19 has forced officials to get creative.  

“I was so afraid that we were going to have to cancel everything but we’ve kind of figured out a way…hoping will make it safe for everybody,” said Cathy Cummings, a councilmember at the Village.  

Plans aren’t set in stone just yet, but the city will facilitate a trunk or treat. Village residents will only be allowed this year as will the number of cars let in. 

“We’re going to have every car equipped with a box of gloves a bottle of hand sanitizer and then what I would encourage parents to do is bring some Clorox wipes or disinfecting wipes,” said Cummings. “Before your kids dig into the candy, maybe you wipe everything down.” 

Of course, it won’t be complete without a car costume contest too. 

“I want people to be as crazy and creative and off the charts as they can absolutely be,” said Cummings.  

El Reno announced traditional trick-or-treating is a go but suggests social distancing, face masks and that parents talk to children about how to stay safe. 

“If you don’t feel comfortable taking your kids out, opt not to take the kids out,” said Mayor Matt White. “If there are some symptoms absolutely don’t take your kids out and if you don’t feel comfortable with people coming to your house like a lot of people do, don’t turn your light on.” 

Oklahoma City officials said Tuesday there is no decision yet on how Halloween will be conducted.