Trick-or-Treating hours on Halloween were set by the Daleville, Level Plains and Enterprise City Councils at their respective city council meetings Oct. 6.
In Daleville, Trick-or-Treating will be from 6 until 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.
In Level Plains and Enterprise, Trick-or-Treating will be from 5 until 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.
At the Level Plains City Council meeting, safe practice guidance provided by members of the medical community was read aloud at the request of Level Plains Mayor Bruce Grantham.
Grantham said that participation in trick-or-treating was voluntary. “If you do not feel comfortable participating this year, that is understandable,” he said. “Leave your porch light off and/or place a message on your stoop or door.
“People should continue to follow safe practices of wearing proper masks, use social distancing, hand sanitizer,” according to the guidance. “In order to be safe during COVID-19, people need to take extra precautions.”
The guidelines include the following suggestions:
• For those handing out candy at the door, sit outside with a cloth mask on and wear a glove or plastic bag over your hand to handle and drop candy directly into the trick-or-treaters bag;
• An alternative is to individually place wrapped treat items on a table six feet away from you on the porch or in the yard. Then greet trick-or-treaters from a safe distance while encouraging them to take a treat for themselves. Then restock the table for the next trick-or-treaters;
• If you are sending your kids out trick-or-treating, make sure they wear a proper cloth mask. It should cover both mouth and nose. Plastic costume masks provide no protection.
• Instruct your children to not consume any candy as they are going door-to-door.
“When trick-or-treaters get home, take the bag of candy and put it away temporarily. Wash their hands and give them a treat that you have set aside for them,” the guidelines add. “That way their candy can wait for another day and any virus particles on the wrappers will have time to degrade.”