Trick or Treating is not an official event scheduled by the Town of Lovettsville, there is no rain date in the event of inclement weather, nor will there be an alternate date in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are planning to celebrate, please consider the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Loudoun County Health Department to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. They have noted that door to door trick or treating is a “High Risk Activity”.
- Stay home and away from others if you are sick. Anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and has not met the criteria for when it is safe to be around others, has COVID-19 symptoms or who has been in recent contact with someone with the disease should not participate in Halloween activities this year.
- Be sure to maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others who do not live in your household at all times.
- Wash your hands before going trick-or-treating or handing out candy. Hand sanitizer should be used while trick-or-treating or handing out candy when soap and water aren’t available.
- Wear a cloth face covering. Halloween masks may not fit snugly against the face and may not cover the nose and mouth. Halloween masks with gaps and holes do not protect against inhaling respiratory droplets from other people. Wearing a cloth face covering under a Halloween mask may make it hard to breathe and is not recommended.
- Hand out candy from a distance. Consider setting up an area outside, like a folding table, to set out candy. Space out the placement of treats so that multiple people do not have to reach into the same bowl or find contactless ways to deliver treats, like a candy chute that is more than 6 feet long.
If you are participating in the celebrations this year, please turn on your porch light if you wish to hand out candy. This is an easy indication to Trick or Treaters to help them find which houses are safely participating this year.
If you would like to change how you celebrate this year, there are plenty of ideas on lower risk activities.
- Pumpkin carving or decorating outside at a safe distance.
- Decorating homes.
- Outdoor movie night at a safe distance.
- Neighborhood costume parades at a safe distance.
- Outdoor touch-free scavenger hunts in which children look for Halloween-themed items.
- Virtual Halloween costume contests.
- Online photo contests for decorations and costumes.
As with any COVID related statement, this is subject to change due to any orders that may be issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia or the Loudoun County Health Department.