BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says he is discouraging door-to-door trick-or-treating and large parties this Halloween.
Mayor Brown stated, “Halloween is a cherished annual celebration in the City of Buffalo, but we must continue to do everything we can to limit community spread of COVID-19. Going door-to-door and giving or receiving candy is too great of a risk during this global pandemic, which continues to threaten our community, especially our most vulnerable residents. I urge residents to consider alternative Halloween activities and ask that everyone continues taking the proper precautions, including regularly washing hands, practicing safe physical distancing and refraining from attending or hosting large gatherings of any kind. What we do now will safeguard our families, our neighbors and our community. As the City of Good Neighbors, we must continue to stay strong and stay together to fight this deadly virus.”
While discouraging door-to-door trick-or-treating and large parties, the mayor does encourage the following low-risk activities, in accordance with CDC Guidelines
- Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
- Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
- Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
- Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
- Holding a virtual Halloween costume contest
- Hosting a Halloween movie night with people you live with
- Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going door-to-door
Here's our list of alternative Halloween events for you and your family across Western New York.