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With Halloween on Saturday, you’ve hopefully already made a plan for a costume. But have you considered the safest way to trick-or-treat this year?
Most local communities — McKeesport, North Versailles Twp., White Oak, Port Vue, and Liberty Borough — will observe Halloween with trick-or-treating during the hours of 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Duquesne will observe trick-or-treating from 5 to 7 p.m. and will have a costume contest, with “grab-and-go” treats, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Memorial Park on Grant Avenue. To comply with COVID-19 safety recommendations, participants should enter via South Second Street and exit via South Third Street. The event is made possible by city officials, Duquesne PRIDE and the Duquesne PartnerSHIP.
Dravosburg will observe trick-or-treating from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with a Halloween costume parade at the borough’s ballfields at 4:30 p.m. Social distancing rules will be in place and attendees are asked to wear face masks.
Prizes will be given to the prettiest costume, ugliest/scariest costume and most original costume. Children ages 0 to 13 are allowed to participate.
According to public health experts, participating in traditional, transactional trick-or-treating is higher risk for spreading COVID-19. Local hospitals, including Allegheny Health Network and UPMC Health System, are recommending residents follow guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
They suggest residents pass out candy indirectly, by putting a bowl near the sidewalk, or at the end of their driveway, or set up treats for kids to grab-and-go at the edge of your yard.
In addition, experts note that a costume mask isn’t a substitute for a cloth mask, and does not protect from spreading the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Instead, they suggest trick-or-treaters incorporate a cloth or paper protective mask or other face covering into their costumes.
According to the National Weather Service in Moon Twp., weather on Saturday night will be clear, but cold. The predicted temperature in McKeesport at 6 p.m. Saturday is 49, dropping to 42 by 8 p.m., with an overnight low of 39.
(Denise L. Ritter, Jason Togyer and Emily Pidgeon contributed to this story)
(Image courtesy Clipart-Library)
Originally published October 30, 2020.