The City of Westfield, Indiana

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NEWS RELEASE: City of Westfield Provides Halloween Guidance and Alternative Activities

Date: October 7, 2020

Contact: Vicki Duncan Gardner

Email: vgardner@westfield.in.gov

Cell: 317.416.6612

      

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Westfield, IN – Today, the City of Westfield announced guidance for 2020 Halloween including trick-or-treating hours and alternatives for residents not comfortable with traditional activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“I know a lot of kids look forward to Halloween and parents should decide how they want to approach it with their children,” said Mayor Andy Cook. “We are setting traditional trick-or-treat hours and are providing a few alternatives, but, at the end of the day, parents should decide what their kids do on Halloween. Regardless of what families decide to do, I hope they will take extra precautions this year.”

Trick-or-treating hours in Westfield will be from 5-8pm on October 31. The Westfield Police Department will have additional officers on duty for enhanced security. The city also recommends the below safety precautions:

  • Consider trick or treating with household members instead of large groups this year.
  • Be sure to mask up if you cannot keep social distance. Remember, Halloween masks don’t replace cloth masks.
  • Wear reflective clothing.
  • Wash hands before eating treats.
  • Bring hand sanitizer and a flashlight.
  • Avoid homemade treats – eat only factory-wrapped candy.

In addition, the Westfield Police Department, in cooperation with the Westfield Fire Department (WFD), will host the Boo Drive Thru in the Oak Trace Elementary (16504 Oak Ridge Road) parking lot from 5-7pm on October 31. Police officers, and other characters will be dressed up and passing out treats (individual candy/treat bags) to cars as they drive through the parking lot. Families are encouraged to dress up and join the fun from the safety of their vehicle. There will be a maximum of three treat bags per car.

Additionally, the Westfield Fire Department will have its annual Halloween Reverse Trick-or-Treating. Each fire station will pass out candy in their districts from the trucks. WFD will be rolling through various neighborhoods during trick-or-treating hours.

All police and fire-organized events will have enhanced COVID-19 protocols. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides additional alternatives for participating in Halloween this year on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween.

 

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