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Posted on: October 2, 2020

City Staff Recommends Guidelines for Beggar's Night

For those who choose to participate in Beggar’s Night on Halloween, it is recommended to do so, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Participating in Beggar’s Night is a choice.  If you are concerned, in regards to COVID-19, then do not participate.  

Traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating is discouraged. Below are some tips and guidelines to follow amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to help keep the community of Grinnell safe if, you choose to participate.

Please keep a sharp eye out for little “Goblins, Witches, Ghosts & more” while you are driving.

Tips for trick-or-treating responsibly

  • If you are sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or is symptomatic, stay home.
  • Wear a mask over your mouth and nose throughout the evening. Halloween masks do not offer appropriate protection from COVID-19.
  • Avoid door-to-door contact.
  • Limit your trick-or-treating group to your household members. Stay at least six feet away from those who don’t live in your home.
  • Bring hand sanitizer and use it frequently.
  • Avoid busy streets and areas that do not allow for 6 feet of physical distancing.
  • Don’t stop at homes that are not following safety guidelines, such as mask wearing and physical distancing.  
  • If you are new to Halloween, note that all homes do not participate. Trick-or-treaters should respect homes with their porch lights off, as it may be home to someone who is either more vulnerable to COVID-19 or is not interested in participating.

 Tips for households to participate safely

  • If you are sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, do not participate.
  • If you want to provide candy, make sure to turn on your porch light, and light the area you would like to direct trick-or-treaters to, not your front door.
  • Don’t use a common bowl to dispense treats.  
  • Set out individual bags or cups on a table in the yard or driveway, ready for contactless pick-up while you wave from the garage or porch.   
  • Ask trick-or-treaters to hold up their bucket or bags while you gently toss a treat their way, maintaining a safe boundary between you.
  • Arrange to maintain a six foot distance from trick-or-treaters by creating a well-lit barrier. Possibly a line of pumpkins or other decorations placed between you and the trick-or-treaters.
  • Use hand sanitizer often and wear your mask over your nose and mouth.

 The City of Grinnell would like to remind those that choose to participate in Beggar’s Night that COVID-19 is still very much among us, and we ask that these tips or any other creative measures be used to help provide a safe way to trick-or-treat this Halloween.

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