Halloween 2020: Trick-or-treating still on, but county recommends precautions – Journal & Courier

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Trick-or-treaters make their way through Highland Park on Halloween, in Lafayette, on Wednesday, October 31, 2012.(Photo: Brent Drinkut)

LAFAYETTEEven with rising cases of coronavirus in Tippecanoe County, some places are determined to provide a fun and memorable trick-or-treating experience for children, as safely as they can.

In Lafayette and West Lafayette, trick-or-treating is still on this year. Some cities around the state, including Indianapolis, have advised against traditional trick-or-treating, butthe cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette do not normally impose formal trick or treating hours or an age limit for participation and are encouraging people to listen to local and CDC guidelines.

Krist Karloff, ownerof Evil Genius Tattoo in downtown Lafayette, is planning to distribute individual bags of candy to children on Halloween. Each bag will be prepared by the shops staff, wearing masks and gloves, in a sanitized station. Staff will makeefforts to minimize contact and maintain social distancing.

The goodie bags will contain candy, temporary tattoos and a sanitizing wipe and will be passed out at the shop, 420 Main St., from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.

Earlier in October during a weekly coronavirus briefing, Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box gave several recommendations for people to follow for Halloween activities, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDCs guidance for trick or treating and other Halloween-themed activities during the pandemic is separated into low, moderate and higher-risk activities.

Lower risk activities include carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household, decorating your living space and virtual Halloween costume contests. It classifies trick-or-treating with individually wrapped goodie bags, visiting pumpkin patches or orchards and costume parades as moderate risk. Traditional trick-or-treating, indoor costume parties and indoor haunted houses are classified as a high risk.

Some Greater Lafayette Halloween annual attractions are open this year, including Evil on Erie, a haunted house on Lafayette's Erie Street. According to Evil on Erie's Facebook page, masksare required at all times, hand sanitizer is required before enteringandtemperatures are taken prior to getting tickets.

During a county health department briefing Sept. 23, Dr. Jeremy Adler, Tippecanoe County health officer, said his guidelines and advice for Halloween will be similar to what the CDC advised.

The guidance is very consistent with the same sort of approach weve taken toward other community events, Adler said.

Among those:

Instead of a traditional trunk or treat, the Tippecanoe County 4-H is holding a drive-thru event Oct. 31 for children in grades K-12 in the parking lot Lafayette Jefferson High School, 1801 S. 18th St.The 4-H drive thru will last from 10 a.m. to noon, and children and their families can receive candy, take home activities and 4-H information.

Heres what other cities surrounding Greater Lafayette and Tippecanoe County plan to do this year:

Battle Ground:Battle Ground's town website has trick-or-treating hours listed as 6-9 p.m. Oct. 31.

Crawfordsville:The citys board of works and public safety set trick-or-treating hours from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Apost on the citys Facebook pageemphasized that the decision to participate or not participate should be made by parents based on their own individual comfort level. The same goes with the decision to participate or not participate in handingout treats. Those wishing to participate in handing out candy should turn on their outside lights, and those not participating should leave their outside lights off.

Delphi:The citys official trick-or-treating day will be held 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30. Those wishing to participate in handing out candy should leave their porch lights on. The Carroll County Health Department is recommending treats to be individually wrapped and masks to be worn by everyone.

Frankfort:Trick-or-treating will be held 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Any homeowner interested in participating is asked to leave their outside lights on.

Monticello:Monticello will hold trick-or-treating 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 for those that wish to participate.The Streets of Monticello Association will host a trunk or treat event 3-5 p.m. Oct. 31.

Emily DeLetter is a news reporter for the Journal & Courier. Contact her at (765) 201-8515 or via email at edeletter@jconline.com. Follow her on Twitter at @EmilyDeLetter.

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