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Trick-or-treat in Chesterton October 31; opt out by turning off porch light

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Trick-or-treat will be held in the Town of Chesterton from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, on Halloween, the Police Commission decided at its meeting Thursday evening.

The day and time accord with trick-or-treat in surrounding jurisdictions, according to a statement released by the Chesterton Police Department.

The Police Commission, however, is asking residents who do not wish to participate to turn off their exterior porch lights, and trick-or-treaters to respect their neighbors’ choice.

“Traditionally, Halloween has always been about personal choice,” the statement said. “A resident may choose whether or not they wish to hand out treats. Parents have always had the choice as to whether or not to allow children to trick-or-treat.

"Due to the current and ongoing coronavirus health concerns, the Commission cannot advocate or recommend an individual’s personal decision to participate in trick-or-treat this year,” the statement noted. “Residents and parents should make personal decisions whether or not to participate in a trick-or-treat event based upon their own choices and considerations. Individual residents can choose whether or not to hand out treats by having a lit exterior porch or front door light. Parents who choose to allow or accompany their children in this year’s trick-or-treat should obviously not approach homes that do not have activated exterior lights or darkened homes. Even if a home may have interior lights that are on, only homes that have exterior porch or yard lights should be considered for approach.”

Folks who do hand out treats should only provide pre-packaged shelf-bought candies, the CPD is urging. “The Commission strongly recommends against handing out homemade or unwrapped and exposed treats.”

“Anybody who exhibits or feels like they have symptoms of the coronavirus should not participate in any capacity, by handing out treats or mingling among others who are participating,” the statement said. “Residents who hand out treats should wear mouth and nose coverings and wear latex or rubber gloves when handing out treats. Weather permitting, residents who choose to participate should stay outdoors and maintain as far a distance as possible from visitors.”

“The Commission suggests that homeowners hand out treats themselves,” the statement added. “Research recommends against leaving out a bowl or container filled with treats that allows access to multiple people,” the statement added. “When trick-or-treaters approach a home that is obviously participating in this event, if homeowners are not outside, they should knock on doors only and not touch or handle door knobs or handles.”

“Any treats that are not pre-packaged or are exposed and homemade should not be accepted,” the statement said. “Even though you will be outdoors, all trick-or-treaters should also wear mouth and nose coverings. And remember, costume masks, even though they may cover the face, are not adequate protection against airborne viruses.”

The Commission also recommends that families consider alternatives to trick-or-treat, with home-based family events like carving pumpkins or making crafts; making homemade treats for the family only to enjoy; watching family-appropriate Halloween movies; or planning scavenger hunts around the home and yard for treats.

“The Commission wishes everyone a safe and healthy Halloween,” the statement concludes.


Posted 10/9/2020




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