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Your guide to trick-or-treat plans in Racine County
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Your guide to trick-or-treat plans in Racine County

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State health officials are recommending against trick-or-treating as usual this Halloween because of COVID-19, while some Racine County municipalities are allowing trick-or-treating to commence as usual or with some suggested modifications.

“Going house-to-house and having in-person contact is not recommended,” the Wisconsin Department of Health Services says in its guidance about Halloween. The agency urges people to “find new ways to celebrate that don’t involve big in-person parties or traditional trick-or-treating.”

The state health department said that if communities allow traditional trick-or-treating, people should leave treat bags on porches for children to pick up.

“Even though being outside decreases the risk, being in close contact with people you don’t live with increases the risk of spreading and contracting COVID-19,” the department’s guidance says.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers trick-or-treating “where treats are handed to children who go door to door” to be a higher-risk activity. It recommends lower-risk activities such as decorating pumpkins or having virtual costume contests.

Below is a list of plans for Racine County municipalities.

City of Burlington

  • Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Town of Burlington

  • Undecided. To be decided at the next Town Board meeting, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Caledonia

  • Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Dover

  • Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Elmwood Park

  • Undecided. To be decided at the next Village Board meeting, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Village Administrator, Clerk and Treasurer Christophe Jenkins said he is expecting the board to follow what the City of Racine chooses.

He does not have an opinion on the subject. “That’s up for the village board to decide,” Jenkins said.

Mount Pleasant

  • Undecided. There are no plans to discuss at any Mount Pleasant governmental meetings.

Village Communications and Tourism Coordinator Anna Marie Smetana said a decision will hopefully be made soon, and it will be based on what the Central Racine County Health Department recommends.

North Bay

  • Canceled. The Village Board voted to cancel Halloween trick-or-treating this year at its meeting Sept. 14.

This cancelation was due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the need to social distance by 6 feet and wear a mask. “We look forward to welcoming the hobgoblins into the village in a much safer environment next year,” the village said in its September newsletter.

Norway

  • Oct. 31, 5 to 8 p.m.

The Town Board voted to continue with Halloween trick-or-treating plans at its meeting Sept. 14.

Patricia Campbell, town clerk said the board was OK with having trick-or-treating because it’s more of the parents’ decisions. A lot of the subdivisions have their own trick-or-treat dates and times as well, she said.

“Having so many people having different times, it makes it easier for people who are giving candy out,” she said. “Those who are not giving out candy, they kind of have an idea of what is going to be taking place.”

It’s suggested that people who are OK with children coming to their front door and asking for candy should turn a light on, and those who aren’t OK with that should leave lights off.

“People who want to participate will participate,” Campbell said.

Racine

  • Undecided. The City of Racine will discuss with the City of Racine Health Department.

The Racine Health Department has not yet determined recommendations, but is set to begin discussing the issue at the start of October, according to Public Health Administrator Dottie-Kay Bowersox.

Downtown Racine

Candy Crawl: Trick or Treat at 25 Downtown Businesses, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31. A map of locations will be available at racinedowntown.com or at the Downtown Racine Corporation Office at 425 Main St. starting Oct. 15.

Raymond

  • Undecided. To be decided at the next Village Board meeting, Sept. 28.

Rochester

  • Undecided. The Village Board spoke about the subject at its last board meeting, Sept. 14.

However, the members did not reach a decision.

Village Clerk Sandra Swan said the village is waiting to see what other municipalities are doing in regards to Halloween.

The board may again discuss the topic at the next meeting, Sept. 28.

Sturtevant

  • Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Trick-or-Treat Food Truck Spooktacular: Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at South Park, 3209 95th St.

Family Costume Judging: Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m., South Park

Bonfire: Oct. 31, 8 p.m., South Park

Union Grove

  • Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Village Board met on Sept. 8 and decided to continue with trick-or-treating plans.

“We are just designating these hours for uniformity if people wish to participate,” Village President Mike Aimone said.

Village Administrator Mike Hawes said the village isn’t endorsing trick-or-treating but wanted to give residents the option. There wasn’t a whole lot of conversation and everyone seemed to be on the same page, he said.

Town of Waterford

  • Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“Parents will just decide for themselves,” Town Clerk Tina Mayer said. Other than practicing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines or state guidelines, the town doesn’t have any specific guidelines for Halloween, she said.

Village of Waterford

  • Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Village administration felt the village should not limit Halloween-related activities for residents. Parents are charged with making risk-management decisions regarding the welfare of their own children every single night of the year, so Halloween is no exception, said Zeke Jackson, village administrator, in an email.

“This year, we just aren’t weighing in officially. Trick-or-treating is a personal decision,” Jackson said. “Parents should use guidance from CDC, DHHS, and CRCHD to make informed decisions related to their activities.”

Wind Point

  • Oct. 31, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Village Board met on Sept. 10 and decided to continue with trick-or-treating plans. Those who want to participate will turn their light on and those offering candy are encouraged to separately package the candy such as using individual bags or cups. This practice would help children avoid sticking their hands into a candy bowl and can allow for minimal contact.

Social distancing rules of staying six feet apart is also encouraged for those not living in the same household. Face coverings and hand sanitizer are also going to be encouraged.

The earlier hours as compared to other municipalities are because the village doesn’t have a lot of lighting and sidewalks for children to use. The village has followed in the City of Racine’s hours in the past.

“If kids don’t have reflective material on their costumes, that could potentially be dangerous,” said Casey Griffiths, administrator, clerk and treasurer for the village. “Plus, some residents had concerns with COVID and not being able to see things.”

Based on City of Racine or City of Racine Health Department recommendations, that decision could change, however. A spike of coronavirus cases could also cause the Halloween plans to change, Griffiths said.

Yorkville

  • Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Village Board met on Sept. 14 and decided to allow trick-or-treating.

Village Administrator and Clerk Michael McKinney informed the board what time Union Grove planned to hold trick-or-treating. McKinney said there wasn’t any further discussion.

“We feel that the decision about participation in trick-or-treat is best left to parents and homeowners,” McKinney said in an email.

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