Halloween on in Jefferson despite pandemic

Halloween memories: Kaleb Summers, 7, (popcorn box) gets tangled up with his dog princess while brother Logan Summers, 8, (left) prepares to go trick or treating at a house on Bunker Hill in Ashtabula.

JEFFERSON — Many events have been canceled or postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With Halloween creeping closer, the question is, "Will Halloween be canceled this year?"

Gov. Mike DeWine has not yet offered any specific guidance for Halloween activities like trick-or-treating or indoor haunted houses, leaving Ohioas wondering if their favorite fall activities will go on.

The Village of Jefferson is the first in Ashtabula County to answer that question. 

"It's up to the residents if they choose to participate in the yearly tradition," Jefferson Police Chief David Wassie said in a press release Saturday.

This year, the last Saturday of the month falls on the 31st, so a village ordinance indicates trick or treat will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Oct. 31. It also will be a full moon. 

Jefferson resident, Cindy Lawson, said she is happy this Halloween tradition is not being taken away from the children.

"Everything else has been a nightmare for our children," she said. "What a crazy world for them."

Skylar McQueen of Jefferson said her daughter was "so hyped up" about being a fairy witch and telling people to "trick or treat."

 The police offer these tips for safe trick-or-treating during pandemic:

• Incorporate your mask into your costume.

• Hand out candy instead of letting the children grab them.

• Pack sanitizer and wipes.

• Avoid crowds.

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