Following CDC recommendations, Stevens Point recommends people not participate in traditional Trick-or-Treating as it is considered high-risk. “I know this doesn’t sit well with some. Halloween is my favorite time of the year, too,” says Mayor Mike Wiza.
Among the list of high-risk events that are not advised are:
- Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to those who go door to door
- Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in parking lots
- Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming
- Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not from your household
The CDC does offer suggestions for modifications to lower the risk of exposure:
- Decorate your house, apartment, or living space
- Have a virtual Halloween costume contest
- Have a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat candy search with your household members in or around your home, rather than going house to house
“I know this doesn’t sit well with some. Halloween is my favorite time of the year, too!” said Mayor Mike Wiza. “But parents usually check over the candy they get before allowing the kids to dive in and eat it. Why? To keep our kids safe. This is the same thing. There are safer options and we’re going to help with that.”
Mayor Wiza asks that people post pictures of their decorated house and/or kids in their costumes. Pictures can get voted on with “likes” and winners will get sent a giant candy bar from the Mayor’s Office.
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“I love seeing people's costumes and decorating my house. I know other people do, too. This will give our community the opportunity to still see all of the creativeness,” Wiza continued. “This is our way of helping keep the spirit of the holiday with a safe and fun alternative the whole community can enjoy.”