“The safety of our children and our community is of utmost importance.” said Mayor Nancy Peckford.
“For those families celebrating Halloween this year, I urge you to follow COVID-19 protocols and only participate in activities where social distancing and masks/face coverings that meet public health standards can be guaranteed. Let’s be COVID-safe, not COVID-scary this Halloween,” emphasized Mayor Peckford.
While virtual gatherings are safest, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Public Health Unit is also encouraging creative alternatives to trick-or-treating, like scavenger hunts, costume parades and walks to look at neighbourhood decorations, or having a themed dinner and/or scary movie night with members of the same household.
Because this year’s Halloween falls on a rare Blue Moon, focusing on the mystery and magic that Halloween historically represents may be a way to keep kids entertained. A full Moon on Halloween occurs roughly once every 19 years.
For those families that plan to go out trick-or-treating, public health is recommending the following guidelines to stay safe:
- Go out with members of your same household
- Wear a mask/face covering that fits properly (not just a decorative Halloween mask)
- Stay 2 metres apart and do not congregate at doorsteps
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
The Health unit is also encouraging people to find creative ways to hand out treats so that children are not reaching into a bowl to grab treats.
Residents who are not comfortable giving out candy are asked to turn off their porch light and keep their doors closed. Trick or Treaters are being asked to respect all those who need to protect themselves and loved ones, and not go to houses with the lights off.
The Old Town Kemptville BIA is also hosting Kreepy Kemptville. Plans include a pumpkin carving contest with entries being displayed along Prescott Street, scary photo booths downtown, and a home decorating contest. There is also a Halloween Pumpkin Walk and Spooktacle at Maplewood Hall in Oxford Mills, and the Burritt’s Rapids Community Association is hosting a pumpkin carving contest.
For the full list of Halloween events, visit our community calendar at www.northgrenville.ca.
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