Dunn adopts resolution regarding Halloween

Offers safety tips to residents

For the Record
Posted 10/22/21

Halloween — and trick-or-treating — is a nationally recognized event and is not sanctioned by the city of Dunn, yet many of residents look to the city officials for direction on this annual event.

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Dunn adopts resolution regarding Halloween

Offers safety tips to residents

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Halloween — and trick-or-treating — is a nationally recognized event and is not sanctioned by the city of Dunn, yet many of residents look to the city officials for direction on this annual event.

It has also been a tradition for the mayor and city council of Dunn to set the recommended date and time for trick-or-treating in the city and to provide guidance that encourages safe and courteous activities for the community. Due to Halloween falling on Sunday this year, the Dunn City Council members, by a resolution adopted at the Oct. 12 meeting, set the night for trick-or-treating in Dunn for Saturday, Oct. 30.

The city has further established the following recommended guidelines for those who choose to participate in this year’s Halloween events:

  • Participation in Halloween (trick-or-treating) is an individual/parental choice. Due to COVID-19, all those who participate should practice social distancing, wearing masks and any safety precautions as recommended by public health authorities.
  • Any household with a positive case of COVID-19 or any individual with symptoms, should not participate in trick-or-treating or any other Halloween activities and/or events.
  • Due to COVID-19, it is recommended that Halloween activities be conducted outdoors and include social distancing activities for example: outdoor scavenger hunts, pumpkin carving/decorating, grab and go trick or treating.
  • All children taking part in Halloween activities should be clothed in safe costumes, featuring materials that can be seen in the dark by motorists.
  • If traditional door to door trick-or-treating is practiced, it should be conducted during reasonable hours, preferably between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and should be restricted to children younger than the age of 13.
  • All children or groups of children taking part in trick-or-treating should be accompanied by a responsible older person.
  • Those who choose to distribute candy and other favors for trick-or-tricking are encouraged to leave your porch light on, wear face coverings, and practice social distancing.
  • Those who choose not to participate in Halloween should leave their porch lights off.
  • It is very important that participants respect the wishes of those who do not wish to participate and do not enter yards or visit homes that do not have their porch lights on.
  • Children should trick-or-treat in their own neighborhoods, visiting only familiar homes.
  • Parents and/or guardians should inspect collected treats carefully before they are consumed by children and any collected treats that show signs of tampering or any suspicious activities should be reported to the Dunn Police Department immediately.

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