COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, along with the Central Ohio Mayors & Managers Association and Franklin County Township Association, have announced their support for communities to hold trick-or-treat events for Halloween.
In a statement released Thursday, the group says after considering guidance issued by the State of Ohio, Franklin County Public Health, Columbus Public Health and others, communities are planning to go forward with their traditional trick-or-treat activities.
“It is an opportunity, obviously operating within the health guidelines, that we can still feel a sense of normalcy,” explained Chet Chaney, the president of the Franklin County Township Association and a trustee with Perry Township.
The group is urging residents to follow the best practices recommended by health professionals.
“For years, many local governments have supported a unified trick-or-treat date for Central Ohio that is based on which day of the week Halloween falls. COVID-19 hasn’t changed this,” MORPC Executive Director William Murdock said. “Like every other year, communities have cooperated to suggest a common trick-or-treat date and time, and parents should use their discretion and good judgment in deciding whether they allow their children to participate.”
The recommended trick-or-treat date for 2020 is Thursday, Oct. 29 from 6-8 p.m. Residents are encouraged to check their community’s website to verify the date and time of activities.
Some families agree they want to be able to give their children a fun, safe outlet this fall.
“We’re definitely going to incorporate the mask into his costume. He wants to be a transformer, so that should be pretty easy,” says parent, Megan Burnham, “We’re probably not going to go up and knock on doors. We’ll probably just go out and walk around the neighborhood, said Burnham.
The following health department guidelines have been issued, and residents are encouraged to review them well in advance trick-or-treat festivities:
- Ohio Department of Health – Celebrating Halloween
- Franklin County Public Health – Halloween Guidance 2020
- Columbus Public Health – Trick or Treat Safety Tips
- Delaware General Health District – Safety Guidelines for Trick-or-Treating