Did you know…Halloween Special Edition
…that the Witching Hour in Palmyra for Mischief Night and Halloween – the Borough’s juvenile curfew – begins at 9:00 PM? The only two nights of the year that the curfew is enforced that early! Of course these are the two spookiest nights of the year anyway and all children should probably be home where they’re safe and sound and anticipating a visit from the Great Pumpkin! (Linus believes so anyway!)
Parents, please be aware that you may receive a call from Trick or Treaters dressed as Police Officers if your child is out and about and unaccompanied after the Witching Hour – especially on Mischief night! So it’s probably best that all unaccompanied minors start heading home after our award winning Halloween Parade, this Sunday night, October 30th!
And speaking of Halloween, there are no rules about starting and stopping times for trick or treating this Monday (other than the Witching Hour Curfew) so feel free to use your best judgment and please consider your neighbors!
Please note: many traditional Halloween activities can be hi‐risk for spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween. If you may have COVID‐19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID‐19, you should not participate in in‐person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick‐or‐treaters.
The following link can provide strong guidance for families and our community. The information has been provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some highlights that are discussed include:
Do not use a Halloween costume mask in place of cloth masks, unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers your mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around your face.
Do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween‐themed cloth mask.
Limit contact with commonly touched surfaces or shared items, clean and disinfect when feasible, and use EPA approved disinfectants.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place.
The CDC has categorized Halloween activities into Lower, Moderate, and Higher Risk Activities.
Higher Risk Activities that should be avoided to help prevent the spread of the COVID‐19 virus include:
- Participating in traditional trick‐or‐treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door.
- Having trunk‐or‐treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots.
- Attending crowded costume parties held indoors.
- 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 in your household.
- Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgment 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 of COVID‐19.