PHOENIXVILLE, PA — Phoenixville’s Mayor Peter Urscheler is asking residents not to participate in traditional Halloween trick-or-treating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement released earlier this week, Mayor Urscheler provided recommendations, based on Centers for Disease Control Guidance, asking families not to go trick-or-treating. Consequently, the Borough will not be providing their traditional Halloween guidance or recommended trick-or-treating times this year.
In addition, the Mayor is asking residents to also avoid other potentially high-risk activities such as trunk-or-treat events, crowded costume parties with non-household members, haunted attractions, and fall festivals.
However, there are a number of community-sponsored drive-thru and virtual events citizens can advantage of. These include:
- A Spookily Distant Drive-Thru Display,
- A Virtual Coloring Contest,
- A Virtual Costume Contest. and
- A Virtual Decorating Contest.
Information about these events can be found at InThisTogetherPXV.com/Halloween.
Other recommended low-risk activities include:
- Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them,
- Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends,
- Decorating your house, apartment or living space,
- Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance,
- Having a virtual Halloween costume contest,
- Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with, and
- Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house.
Regardless, the Borough of Phoenixville does not have specific ordinances governing trick-or-treating and Halloween is not a borough-sponsored event. Therefore, each family must make their own decision on what is right based on the health and welfare of their children, family, and neighbors.
To read Mayor Peter Urscheler’s complete Halloween 2020 Guidance, click here.
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