Communities across the state are taking different approaches to Halloween this year amid COVID-19 concerns.
Some have outright banned trick-or-treating while others have left it up to parents whether their children will participate.
If you’re wondering where you can go trick-or-treating this year, below is a list of cities and towns that have made decisions about how their communities will do Halloween amid COVID-19.
Most communities are asking people to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Halloween guidelines.
The CDC advised against door-to-door trick-or-treating. Instead, people should leave individually wrapped goodie bags out on their driveways or front yards. No communal candy bowls or unwrapped treats should be given out, the CDC said. Like usual, people should practice social distancing - staying 6 feet away from people - wearing face masks that cover the mouth and nose, and washing hands. Indoor parties are not advised.
Here are some of the cities and towns that have said they will allow trick-or-treating on Saturday, Oct. 31, and when, according to NBC Boston:
Holden - 5-8 p.m.
Hubbardston - 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Northampton - Health officials have advised people to stay home, but have not banned trick-or-treating. If people do go out trick-or-treating, the city is urging them to follow CDC guidelines
Rutland - 5-8 p.m.
West Boylston - 5-8 p.m.
Some communities, where the risk of spreading COVID-19 is higher than other parts of the state, have decided to ban trick-or-treating this year. Cities that have canceled trick-or-treating include:
KIND OF CANCELED!
Ashburnham - Downtown trick-or-treating has been canceled
Easthampton - Rag Shag Parade
Northampton's Business Improvement District - The BID canceled the business-sponsored downtown trick-or-treating event. Trick-or-treating in other parts of the city is okay, though not advisable, health officials said.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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