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City of Racine permits trick-or-treating but warns it's not safe

City of Racine permits trick-or-treating but warns it's not safe

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RACINE — The City of Racine Public Health Department has decided to permit trick-or-treating this year, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.

However, the city warned on Friday that the public should not presume it is a safe event, and it agrees with the recommendation from the state Department of Health Services that the best advice is to not participate in trick-or-treating this year.

The Public Health Department also has issued guidance for city residents who choose to participate in Halloween events this year.

“After every holiday we continue to see spikes in cases because people simply don’t take the proper precautions to stay safe,” said Dottie-Kay Bowersox, public health administrator for the City of Racine. “However, given that all of our neighboring communities, except one, have scheduled Halloween as usual, our fear is that City residents will simply go to neighboring villages where COVID-19 is actually more prevalent and could be put at greater risk.”

Mayor Cory Mason said: “I want to (be) clear, not participating in trick-or-treating or in-person Halloween events is the safest thing to do. It’s a tough decision parents have to make, but I am going to lead by example. My children will not be trick-or-treating this year. However, if you choose to participate, please follow the health department’s guidance.”

The City of Racine Public Health Department issued a series of guidelines for trick-or-treating this year which include:

  • All adults and children should be masked (spooky or otherwise) indoors and outside.
  • Candy should be handed out by one masked individual (children should not reach into bowls), and use hand hygiene between trick-or-treaters.
  • Families collecting candy should put their collected candy aside for at least 72 hours as an additional precaution.
  • Avoid in-person haunted houses, large public gathers, in-person indoor parties, happy hours or socializing at bars.
  • Stay within your own neighborhood/municipality, avoid traveling to others.
  • Stay home if you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Social distance at least 6 feet apart, indoors and outdoors, from non-household members.
  • Sanitize your hands frequently – after covering a cough or sneeze, touching your mask, or collecting candy.

Residents who have additional questions or concerns can contact the City of Racine Public Health Department at 262-636-9201 or email

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