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Halloween Celebrations During COVID-19
Posted on Thursday October 15, 2020
We encourage those participating in Halloween activities to adhere to the following guidance and best practices:

Halloween celebrations during COVID-19 present an interesting challenge for communities.  For this reason, Cheltenham Township will not be hosting any Township sponsored Halloween celebrations this year. However, as Halloween is an independent event, it is up to each family if you choose to participate in festivities on the usual date of October 31.  We do encourage those participating in Halloween activities to adhere to the following guidance and best practices.

  • The Center for Disease Control is making these suggestions for low, moderate and high risk activities.  They suggest that participating in traditional trick-or-treating, where treats are handed to children who go door to door, is a high-risk activity.  They also recommend against attending crowded costume parties held indoors, going to an indoor haunted house or going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household.  

Montgomery County has also issued guidelines for Halloween which can be found here.  Montgomery County Office of Public Health has issued the following suggestions:

  • Limit group size to household contacts.
  • If a group has individuals from different households, maintain 6ft of social distancing, wear a mask, and do not share objects.
  • Do not use a costume mask (such as for Halloween) as a substitute for a cloth mask.
  • Do not grab candy from a bowl. Use the grab and go method which includes individually wrapped bags of candy or treats.
    • Designate adults (who commit to applying hand sanitizer) to give out the candy rather than encourage lots of little hands reaching inside the bowl.
  • Trick-or-Treating routes should be one way.  Have trick-or-treaters go in one direction up and down the streets/routes to limit exposure to other groups of individuals.

Have a fun Halloween, but please celebrate carefully.  #cheltenhamstrong.

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