Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. The Town Halloween Block Party will not take place; however, there are several safer, alternative ways to celebrate this family favorite.
The Town of New Canaan is currently following the State of CT guidance that discourages traditional trick-or-treating but rather offers modified methods to allow for a safer event. Low Risk activities can include pumpkin carving with neighbors in a small group outdoors and with proper social distancing, home decorating, movie night, scavenger hunts through the neighborhood, virtual parties and costume contests to name a few.
If families do choose to go out on Halloween, increased precautions should be taken. It is advised to stay within your own family, always wear a surgical or cloth mask (do not wear Halloween masks over these as it can create a dangerous situation), wash your hands, and remain six feet apart from others at all times. Trick-or-treaters should be aware that if a home is darkened, it is likely not partaking in Halloween festivities and that decision should be respected. Residents should not arrange for food trucks or other food, drink or entertainment that promotes gathering in neighborhoods. Also remember that all private indoor gatherings are capped at 25.
The same “Pedestrian Safety” recommendations apply to this Halloween. Be Seen! Carry glow sticks or flashlights, always walk on the sidewalks and use cross walks when crossing the street where available. It is also advised that parents do not drop off children in certain neighborhoods and instead recommend keeping all trick-or-treaters in their own neighborhoods.
Finally, please be aware that trick-or-treating is Covid-contingent. If the Town feels at any point in time that Halloween needs to be canceled based on Covid cases or another indicator, the Town is prepared to cancel. If you think you might have Covid-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with Covid-19, you should not participate in any in-person festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.