Trick-or-treating will continue as normal for most of Mahoning Valley this Halloween despite the CDC guidelines which list the tradition as a high-risk activity.
There are no state bans on allowing children to go trick-or-treating. Most cities are allowing door-to-door trick-or-treating on Oct. 31 and will leave it to parents to decide if they allow their children to go or not.
Austintown Township Trustee Jim Davis said the city decided to move forward with normal trick-or-treating because the community would be able to make a logical decision as to whether they would like to participate.
“It gave the kids an opportunity to continue trick-or-treating but people can make their own decision on whether or not they want to take part,” Davis said.
Davis said people do not want to participate, they can leave their porch light off or keep their children home. People are also coming up with alternative ways to pass out candy to keep social distancing, such as using tongs to hand out treats or a chute-type device to deliver treats.
“There were so many different things that made it an opportunity to have some sense of normalcy,” Davis said.
For those participating in trick-or-treating, families are asked to follow CDC, state and local guidelines by wearing a mask — the medical kind, in addition to one of your favorite politicians or movie characters — as well as following social distancing and sanitizing guidelines.
Some cities have canceled traditional trick-or-treating or created alternative plans.
Youngstown Health Commissioner Erin Bishop said the city decided to create a drive-thru event to keep everyone safe while allowing children to have the opportunity to trick-or-treat.
“People are excited to have an opportunity to get to come, and we're going to make it as best that we can for the kids and the families,” Bishop said.
Bishop said the city followed CDC guidelines that listed trick-or-treat as a high-risk activity during the pandemic. They also didn’t want to risk the health of those trick-or-treating or passing out candy.
The drive-thru event will have everyone stay in their cars to help them feel safe while still enjoying Halloween.
“We just don't want to put any of our residents at risk, let alone kids,” Bishop said.
Here is a list of traditional trick-or-treat times and other events for Halloween:
AUSTINTOWN: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31
BOARDMAN: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31
CAMPBELL: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31
CANFIELD: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31
COITSVILLE: The township will have a drive thru trick-or-treat at the Coitsville Fire Station, 424 N. Hubbard Road, for residents from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.
LOWELLVILLE: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31
NEW MIDDLETOWN: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31
NORTH JACKSON: Trick-or-treating will not take place in neighborhoods. The city has planned a drive-by trick or treating at the Township Building, 10613 Mahoning Ave., and at the fire department, 229 N. Salem Warren Road. Families trick-or-treating are asked to stay in their cars and will be passed out candy from various stations.
POLAND: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31
STRUTHERS: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31
YOUNGSTOWN: Instead of traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating, the city will host a “Boo-Yah” drive-thru event at Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St. at 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.
BROOKFIELD: The trustees are not sanctioning trick-or-treating this year. However, trick-or-treating can take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31 if families wish to participate.
CHAMPION: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31
CORTLAND: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31
GIRARD: No trick or treating will take place in neighborhoods. There will be drive-by trick or treating that takes place on Oct. 31 at Girard City Hall, 100 W Main St. The time is to be determined.
HOWLAND: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31
HUBBARD: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31
LIBERTY: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31
LORDSTOWN: Trick-or-treating is canceled for the city in order to follow the local health department guidelines.
McDONALD: Mayor Glen Puckett shared a letter on the city’s website to find the safest way for children to trick-or-treat this tear. The city is partnering with Mahoning River Mayors’ Association to purchase Halloween kits to be given to each child in the city. There will be a drive-by event on Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for children to pick up. He is not recommending traditional trick-or-treating year due to the pandemic. If families decide to trick-or-treat door-to-door, Puckett recommends people follow the guidelines set by Gov. Mike DeWine and houses participating should leave on their porch lights.
NEWTON FALLS: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 31
NILES: Mayor Steve Mientkiewicz posted a release announcing the city’s trick-or-treating would take place Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Social distancing, face masks and hand hygiene are recommended to follow state and local health department guidelines. Residents with COVID-19 symptoms or who are uncomfortable with participating are asked to stay at home.
VIENNA: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31
WARREN: Instead of door-to-door trick-or-treat, the city will be hosting a BOO-THRU Event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31 in the Packard Music Hall parking lot. Vendors can register for the event on the city’s website. All attendees in and out of cars are asked to wear a mask. Due to Trumbull County returning to the “red” level on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, there will be no parade or trunk-or-treat program.
WEATHERSFIELD: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31
COLUMBIANA: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31
EAST LIVERPOOL: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31
EAST PALESTINE: Neighborhood trick-or-treating will take place 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31. There will also be a parade at 7:30 p.m. on Market Street.
LEETONIA: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31
LISBON: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31
SALEM: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31