Trick or treat mummy

SHEBOYGAN — At last night's Common Council meeting, Sheboygan Mayor Mike Vandersteen announced that the City of Sheboygan no longer thinks there is a safe way to trick or treat.

However, the word canceled was never actually used.

When asked by District 10 Alderperson Jim Bohren for clarification if trick or treat is "canceled", Vandersteen said, "That is correct, trick or treat is not recommended."

What does this mean?

Is trick or treat canceled? Not technically.

Is the city recommending not to participate in door-to-door trick-or-treating or other Halloween activities? Yes.

Vandersteen pointed to the county public health emergency issued on Oct. 7 and public letter from Aurora Children's Health discouraging door-to-door trick-or-treating behind the reasoning.

"Due to the change in the number of positive COVID-19 cases and this new direction from the public health office that trick-or-treating and Halloween is not currently recommended, the City of Sheboygan will rescind its previous notice that trick-or-treating can proceed with safety measures," Vandersteen said. "Following the directive of the public health department to recommend against trick or treating this halloween."

What can my family do to celebrate Halloween this year?

As of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, the following trick or treat events are still scheduled:

  • Adell: 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
  • Cascade: 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
  • Cedar Grove: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
  • Cleveland: 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
  • Elkhart Lake: 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
  • Glenbeulah: 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
  • Howards Grove: 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
  • Kohler: 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
  • Oostburg: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
  • Plymouth: 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
  • Random Lake: 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
  • Sheboygan: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
  • Sheboygan Falls: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
  • Waldo: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31

Here are the CDC's tips on how to safely trick or treat:

  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters
  • Give out treats outdoors, if possible
  • Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take
  • Wash hands before handling treats
  • Wear a mask or make it part of your costume
  • Costume masks are not substitutes for a cloth mask
  • Do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask as it can make breathing difficult
  • Masks should not be worn by children under the age of 2 or those who have difficulty breathing
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you

*All events are subject to change. To report an event cancellation or add to our '"Things To Do," email reporter Tara Jones at tjones@wisconsinmediagroup.com.

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