The City of Hamilton has sent out a press release stating that Ravalli County health professionals are asking that they discourage door to door trick or treating due to the recent surge of cases of COVID-19. Mayor Dominic Farrenkopf and Hamilton City Councilors are recommending that traditional trick-or-treating not take place.
In the central Hamilton residential area of south 3rd, 4th and 5th, the streets will not be blocked. Homeowners chose not to apply for a street closure permit and they are asking that families from outlying areas not bring their children there for trick-or-treating.
Hamilton’s Main Street will not be blocked for a parade or trick-or-treating. The Hamilton Downtown Association chose not to apply for a street closure permit. Instead the Hamilton Downtown Association has organized the “Hamilton Downtown Parade of Scarecrows,” and is asking business owners to build a scarecrow to put in the front of their business and place a basket of individually wrapped treats outside from October 26 through October 31.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offer creative ways to celebrate Halloween safely this year. For more information visit their website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life coping/holidays/halloween.html.
“Yes, things are different this year, but we are festive none the less,” states the release. “ The City of Hamilton encourages you to take a walk through the fallen leaves, enjoy the crisp fall air, the creative residential Halloween decorations, downtown Hamilton’s ‘Parade of Scarecrows’, and don’t forget the ‘Blue Moon,’ our second full moon of the month falls on October 31.
“We would love to share a photo of your Halloween decorations or awesome costumes on our City Facebook page. Please email photos to [email protected]
“THIS HALLOWEEN . . .
• Stay in your own neighborhood
• Respect homeowners
• Do your part to help health care workers
• Do your part to keep schools open
• Do your part to keep our community safe.
Thank you for doing your part!”