Trick or Treat Night in Belmond for 2020 will be held as nearly normal as possible. The city council recommended a few changes at its meeting Monday night.

  Trick or Treat will be held Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m.

Homes that wish to participate should have an outside light turned on to let children know they are welcome.

  Children will be asked to say in family groups, with at least six feet spacing between unrelated groups. Communal bowls from which children choose their own candy are discouraged. Treats should be handed out at each home using gloves. Treats could also be placed in separate bags for each child. Masks should be worn by all children as well as those handing out candy. If there is a concern about food safety, parents may want to buy a small amount of favorite candy in advance to be eaten that day. Candy obtained by trick or treating could then be allowed to “rest” for several days, allowing any germs on the wrappers to dissipate.

  Members of the council agreed that children have lost many activities due to Covid-19, and it should be possible to hold Trick or Treat safely.

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