Although Public Health Madison and Dane County has advised residents against Halloween gatherings this weekend, trick-or-treat is still on, with a few additional safety precautions.
In a press conference this morning, Kate Austin Stanford, the Director Of Operations at Public Health-Madison and Dane County, laid out the safety precautions for the Halloween weekend.
“We want to remind people not to gather, this means no Halloween parties. Trick-or-treating can happen, but does have to look different this year,” Stanford said.
Madison guidelines require masks and physical distancing at any private indoor gatherings, and events must be limited to 10 people; 25 people if outdoors.
The Health Department recommends trick-or-treaters stay in their neighborhoods to reduce potential risks, and maintain physical distancing. Residents are advised to set their candy bowls outside to avoid bottlenecks at their doorway.
On State Street in front of the costume store Ragstock, a line of University students waited to get their outfits for the weekend. Although Freakfest is cancelled and large gatherings are prohibited, many are still looking forward to the holiday.
While trick-or-treating may be trickier this year, some neighborhoods have gotten inventive to keep the spirits up. W-O-R-T spoke with members of the community to hear about their plans.
Vickie Eiden, a W-O-R-T volunteer, says there’s at least a lot more creativity this year going into planning the festivities.
“We decided that if we could find some safe activities to do we were still going to have some fun this Halloween,” Eiden says, “Still not the same, it’s different, but it’s better than just staying home. We’re getting out, but we’re being very cautious about it.”
Natasha Sattin says she’s happy to have some sense of holiday celebration for her two kids.
“It kinda feels like this is the last hurrah in a sense because it’s gonna be hard to do Thanksgiving and Christmas, and so I feel like we have to do something,” Sattin says.
For more information on public health and safety recommendations for Halloween and trick-or-treating, head to publichealthmdc.com.