Local Government Organizations Supportive of Trick or Treat
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Central Ohio Mayors & Managers Association and Franklin County Township Association are collectively announcing their support for trick-or-treat – or “beggar’s night” – activities in celebration of Halloween.
In consultation with area health departments, members of the local government organizations have been participating in shared discussions about whether beggar’s night should proceed and if it can be carried out safely during the COVID-19 health situation.
Following 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 while asserting that residents follow the best practices recommended by health professionals.
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.
Alternative options in place of traditional trick-or-treating activities were included in the State of Ohio’s Halloween guidance.
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
These documents can also be found at morpc.org.