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Trick Or Treat: COVID-19 Changes Halloween Hours, Adds Restrictions

Houses in the Jamestown area are ready for Halloween! Submitted photos

Jamestown officials are encouraging parents not to trick-or-treat this year and chose not to set hours or hold any city-sanctioned events on Saturday.

Those who want to trick-or-treat in Jamestown can still do so.

Jamestown Police Department officials said, in a news release, that those who want to participate in giving out candy from their homes are encouraged to turn their porch lights on, wear a face covering and practice social distancing. An added precaution could be to prepare individual treat bags and to place the individual bags into a bowl or other container on the porch or entryway area for the youth to select when they come to your door. This could be supervised from a distance or through a door.

Residents who do not wish to participate should leave their porch lights off. Trick-or-treaters should then respect the light off and for it to mean the resident is not participating. Parents of trick-or-treaters should ensure that the children wear protective facemasks, practice social distancing and use hand sanitizer often. Individuals should also not host large gatherings at their homes during this COVID-19 situation.

Trick-or-treating guidelines vary throughout Chautauqua County. Below is a rundown of trick-or-treat hours and guidelines.

Houses in the Jamestown area are ready for Halloween! Submitted photos

Carroll: Halloween trick-or-treat hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Town officials ask trick-or-treaters to wear face covering and social distance.

French Creek: no set hours.

Gerry: The town of Gerry didn’t set trick-or-treat hours and the annual costume contest has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Town officials are partnering with the Gerry Free Methodist Church to hold a drive-through trick-or-treat bag for children of the township at the Gerry Town Hall parking lot from 5 to 7p.m. on Halloween. Participants are asked to enter the drive-through by Church Street of of Route 60. Volunteers will bring the bag to the vehicle. For more information or questions, call the town clerk at 985-4715.

Kiantone: no set hours.

Mina: no set hours.

Houses in the Jamestown area are ready for Halloween! Submitted photos

Busti: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Mayville: 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, provided state COVID-19 laws allow.

Fredonia: The village of Fredonia will have trick-or-treating from 2 to 5 p.m.

Dunkirk: Hours will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Due to COVID-19 considerations, restrictions and protocols, it is up to the parents to decide whether they wish their child to participate, while residents are free to decide whether they hand out candy this year or not in light of the pandemic.

Panama: Panama will have regular trick-or-treating hours this year from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Village officials ask those who wish to participate in Halloween festivities follow all CDC guidelines, such as wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and hand sanitizing frequently. Additionally, if a home has the outdoor light off with no other indications of welcoming trick-or-treaters, respect their wishes and move on to another home.

Ellicott is not setting standard trick-or-treat hours. Town officials ask residents of East Ellicott follow the hours for Falconer, which are from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and the residents of West Ellicott to follow the hours for Celoron, which are from 6 to 8 p.m.

North Harmony: 5 to 7 p.m.

Silver Creek: Trick-or-treating will be from 4 to 7 p.m. “I would like to remind the children and the parents to be diligent, cautious and to use discretion when trick-or-treating,” Mayor Jeffrey Hornburg said. “Don’t try to go to every house in Silver Creek. I would recommend staying with people that you know, and I encourage parents to check the stash when they get home.”

Brocton: Trick-or-treating will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.

Hanover: no set time, but follows the village of Silver Creek from 4 to 7 p.m.

Arkwright: no guidelines but encourage people to stay home due to COVID-19.

Sherman: 5 to 7 p.m.

Stockton: no guidelines. The Mary E. Seymour Memorial Free Library in Stockton and the Cassadaga Branch Library will be handing out trick-or-treat bags with candy and goodies from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The bags will be big enough to take trick or treating.

Westfield: 6 to 8 p.m.

Cherry Creek: Town officials said during a recent board meeting they are not responsible for setting hours for trick-or-treating.

Ellery: 6 to 8 p.m.

Bemus Point: 6 to 8 p.m.

Clymer: 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Ellington: 5 to 7 p.m.

Sinclairville: The village of Sinclairville will have trick or treat hours from 5 to 7 p.m. Village officials ask trick-or-treaters to act responsibly, practice social distancing and wear face masks. The fire department will not hold its annual Halloween Party and parade.

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