Local Government Organizations Supportive of Trick or Treat

    September 24, 2020
    Community members are expected to review and follow health protocols

    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.

    “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. 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.”
    MORPC Executive Director William Murdock

    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.

    “While some community members may choose to participate in alternative activities or none at all, we believe trick or treating can safely take place as long as people avoid large groups and make the extra effort to socially distance."
    David Collinsworth, Westerville City Manager and Chair of the Central Ohio Mayors & Managers Association.

    Alternative options in place of traditional trick-or-treating activities were included in the State of Ohio’s Halloween guidance.

    “Our local health professionals and local government officials have worked hard to ensure that residents can enjoy these festivities and feel a sense of normalcy in what has been a challenging year. Now it’s up to all of our community members to take responsibility and practice healthy habits as trick or treating takes place.”
    Chet Chaney, Perry Township Trustee and President of the Franklin County Township Association

    The following health department guidelines have been issued, and residents are encouraged to review them well in advance trick-or-treat festivities.

    These documents can also be found at morpc.org.

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