There is much discussion as to whether the Village of Manhattan is cancelling Halloween.
We believe that trick-or-treating can be accomplished safely. Treats are already individually wrapped and sealed. And the outdoors allows for social distancing. Human beings are social animals and traditions and rituals are important for psychological health and the overall well-being of the community.
Here is what we ask:
1. Residents participating in handing out candy, please put your porch light on. If you are uncomfortable with handing out candy, please leave your porch light off.
2. We ask that you consider wearing a mask (not the Halloween kind) if interacting closely with others.
3. Do not leave bowls of candy on your porch that multiple people will touch (or one person who will take the whole thing ).
4. If you are uncomfortable with your children trick-or-treating, it is always your choice as a parent not to send them.
5. We encourage everyone to practice social distancing to the extent possible…and IT IS possible when you are walking around outdoors.
6. Enjoy Halloween. Be safe. We can participate in trick-or-treating while still taking necessary precautions and respecting the concerns and decisions of others who may not be comfortable participating.