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Depew puts up barricades, no parking signs to discourage Beggar's Night tradition

Posted at 1:13 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 13:13:43-04

DEPEW, N.Y. (WKBW) — When the Village of Depew Board of Trustees announced there would be no Beggars Night this year because of COVID-19, they meant it.

The village is installing barricades and no parking signs in effort to discourage an influx of people into the Barnabas and Evane/Enez neighborhoods tonight.

Some 5,000 people fill village streets on the night before Halloween each year. But because of the pandemic, the trustees decided it was in the best interest of residents to cancel this year's activities.

The Depew Department of Public Works will be placing 'Local Traffic Only' signs and baaricades at the entrances to the Barnabas area along Dick Road and George Urban Boulevard. No parking signs will also be installed, and police will be patrolling the area.

Children can still dress up and satisfy their sweet tooth at the village's 'Trunk N Treat' event tomorrow night from 6 to 8 p.m. at 90 Gould Avenue.

Several trucks from the Depew Fire Department, Depew Police Department, and other department vehicles will distribute candy to trick-or-treaters who stay in their vehicles.