With Halloween fast approaching, many residents are wondering how to handle the holiday in the midst of a pandemic. While the city of Sterling Heights does not recommend door-to-door or car-to-car trick-or-treating events due to it being very difficult to maintain proper social distancing, if you do plan to participate in Halloween trick-or-treating this year, please be sure to follow public health guidelines for safety:
- Wear a mask – the good news is, many costumes already incorporate a mask!
- Don’t trick-or-treat in large groups that include members from other households.
- Always remain 6’ apart from those outside of your household.
- Rather than handing out candy from a communal candy bowl on your porch, consider spacing treats on your front porch or out on a table in your driveway with a sign that says “Take One and Yell Trick Or Treat!”
- Wash your hands before you remove your mask or consume any candy.
- Stay home if you are sick.
If you decide not to trick-or-treat or hand out candy in your neighborhood this year, you can still celebrate. Get creative!
- Host an online party where you can judge the best costume or best pumpkin carving.
- Host a drive-by parade where participants are encouraged to decorate their vehicles.
- Take a road trip to see the amazing home decorating displays
However you choose to celebrate this year, please follow public health guidelines, stay safe….and have fun!