Trick-or-treat plan issued by NH, Kiel

The cities of New Holstein and Kiel issued a joint statement recently discouraging traditional trick-or-treating but also stating that if community members do trick-or-treat it should be done on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. in each community.

The cities support Halloween guidelines set forth by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services which do not recommend going house-to-house.

As alternatives to traditional trick-or-treat, the DHS encourages:

n Virtual costume contests and parties where people dress up and get online with friends and other families to celebrate and rate each other’s costumes.

n Increase what is done at home to celebrate. Decorate where you live. Get the kids involved in making decorations. Bake Halloween-themed treats. Watch scary movies with the family or as a group online.

n Stay local. Avoid the urge to attend events in another town—it can lead to greater spread of the virus.

For those who choose to participate in trick-or-treating, the following is being encouraged:

n Turn on an outdoor light or hang a sign on the door to signal the house is participating in trick-or-treating.

n Leave individual grab bags (or paper cups) filled with goodies outside the door for children to take. If you can, watch and wave to trick-or-treaters through a window, or leave treats outside the door where friends and loved ones live.

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