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York City 'discourages' Trunk or Treat due to COVID-19

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Josiah Webb, 1, of York City, during Trunk or Treat at St. Matthew's Church in York City, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Dawn J. Sagert photo

York City "discourages" Trunk or Treat events that are typically held indoors, citing the state Department of Health's COVID-19 guidelines on large gatherings, officials announced Wednesday. 

While traditional trick-or-treat will take place from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31, residents are asked to follow the guidelines outlined by the City of York Bureau of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These guidelines include practicing social distancing, wearing masks and using hand sanitizer.  

The CDC said that traditional trick-or-treat is a “high risk” activity.

York City officials have suggested several alternatives, including "one way" trick-or-treat, in which individually wrapped goody bags are lined up at the edge of yards or driveways for families to grab and go without passing another group, which are "strongly" recommended for this year.

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"Over the last several years, trick-or-treat has not been an official event organized by the City of York," the news release stated. "If residents choose to participate in trick-or-treat, we ask that they take the following precautions."

York City officials also outlined alternative Halloween activities instead of trick-or-treat, including carving pumpkins with family members, organizing a Halloween scavenger hunt, having a Halloween movie night or hosting a virtual costume contest.

While most municipalities have opted to allow trick-or-treat this year, several of York County's biggest Halloween parades have been canceled due to COVID-19.

These Halloween parades include ones planned in York City, Dover and Hanover, as well as a Halloween parade in East Manchester Township, Manchester borough and Mount Wolf. 

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.