Halloween may look a little different this year (a deadly pandemic, literal face masks instead of monster masks, etc.) but you’ll still be able to go out and snag some treats on the spookiest night of the year.
There are some COVID safety precautions to follow, but in many communities trick-or-treating is still happening (at least as of publication time). And most neighborhoods in the Greater Cincinnati are following a 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 time schedule, save for a few.
If you don't want kids showing up at your house, you can always do the classic "turn off the lights and avoid the doorbell."
Here's when and where you can collect treats this All Hallows Eve:
There has been no statewide mandate regarding how trick-or-treating should be handled in Ohio. Instead, Gov. Mike DeWine put out guidelines to a safe Halloween for communities to follow. Those guidelines can be found here: coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Basic trick-or-treating recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health (beyond making sure you wear a face covering and have hand sanitizer) include:
- Holding a drive-through or drive-in trick-or-treat event, with children in costume and face coverings staying in cars and collecting treats from individuals spaced at least 6 feet apart.
- Holding drive-by costume or car-decorating contests with judges who are physically distanced.
- Leaving treats for friends and neighbors.
- Decorating your home and hide treats as an alternative to trick-or-treating.
- Or using other creative ways to distribute treats, contact-free, including "using a candy 'slide' made of PVC pipe, or hanging treats from a wall or fence."
- Hamilton County: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31
- Clinton County: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31
- Clermont County/Union Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31
- Butler County: Most neighborhoods are following a 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 scheduled except Trenton (5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31), Oxford (5:30-7:30 Oct. 31) and Madison Township (5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 31).
- Warren County: Mason (6-8 p.m. Oct. 31); Lebanon (5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31);
Gov. Andy Beshear has also released guidelines for communities to follow this Halloween which can be found here: chfs.ky.gov.
- Boone County: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31
- Campbell County: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31, except Southgate (5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31) and Highland Heights (6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31)
- Covington: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31
- Newport: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31
- Bellevue: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31
There are a few communities and counties that have yet to put out their times. So if you don’t see your neighborhood or county on this list keep an eye out for any updates. Or google "trick or treat 2020" and your neighborhood.
Find a great costume, stay safe, and have a happy Halloween.