Corning won't allow trick-or-treating, citing CDC's Halloween recommendation
Ban is in keeping with CDC guidelines; officials planning drive-through Halloween event
CORNING - The city will not permit door-to-door trick-or-treating for Halloween this year, citing coronavirus health and safety concerns.
City Manager Mark Ryckman said due to the recent increased spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control is recommending against traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating and other potentially risky activities this Halloween season.
“Door-to-door trick-or-treating is not allowed because it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing,” Ryckman said.
The city will also not be holding the popular Great Pumpkin Hunt and Halloween activities at the Nasser Civic Center Ice Rink due to the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
The city will be holding a new drive-through "Halloween Lane" event for city residents in Denison Park, Ryckman said.
“With no door-to-door trick-or-treating, we still want the kids to have a Halloween experience this year while staying safe,” said Mayor Bill Boland. “The city is doing its part to make it happen with this new activity.”
More details will be released at a later date when the event planning is finalized, but Halloween Lane will allow residents to drive through Denison Park and view Halloween displays.
Officials noted the Denison Park event will require pre-registration.
“We are pleased to be able to offer a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating for city residents, by having drive-through Halloween displays in Denison Park,” Ryckman said. “We will release more information, including how city residents can register for this free event, when we complete our planning.”
“During this ongoing pandemic, we want to ensure people in the community stay safe,” added Corning City Police Chief Jeff Spaulding. “Please follow the CDC’s Halloween guidelines.”
The CDC is advising people to avoid certain higher-risk activities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door-to-door.
- Having trick-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lines up in large parking lots ("trunk-or-treat").
- Attending crowded costume parties held indoors.
- Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming, which can spread airborne droplets even more than talking and breathing.
- Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household.
- Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors.
- Traveling to a rural fall festival that is not in your community if you live in an area with community spread COVID-19 (which currently includes Steuben County and nearby areas).