OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – Halloween is something kids look forward to every year and a lot remains unknown as the coronavirus situation continues to evolve.
The decision to allow kids to go trick-or-treating during the pandemic will be determined by individual communities. Oak Hill City Council is allowing residents to choose whether or not they want to participate this year.
“You don’t have to give out candy if you don’t want to, but you may choose to. You don’t have to allow your children to trick or treat, but you may choose to,” City Manager, William Hannabass said.
Health experts are urging caution and care during Halloween, asking that people avoid large parties and events and stay safe while trick-or-treating. Some organizations have already canceled their October events.
“We should all social distance as our number of positive cases rise. We should social distance and wear masks (a lot of them will wear masks anyways) and to be observe.”
For residents that aren’t participating, Oak City Council is asking to not attract trick-or-treaters by turning your porch lights on and illuminating decorations in your front yards. trick-or-treaters are encouraged to not approach houses that are not well lit.
“There were comments made, hey our children are missing out on a lot. I think it’s up to parents to decide some things they should do and some things they should not do. There are a lot of different opinions out there and council wanted to respect that,” Hannabass said.
Trick or Treating hours in Oak Hill will be from 6 to 8 pm.