Eufaula Police Department, Main Street Eufaula cancel downtown trunk-or-treat festivities

Eufaula Police Department, Main Street Eufaula cancel downtown trunk-or-treat festivities
The CDC says participating in traditional trick-or-treating or costume parties is considered "high risk" during the pandemic. (Source: CDC)

EUFAULA, Ala. (WTVM) - The Eufaula Police Department and Main Street Eufaula cancelled the downtown trunk-or-treat festivities this year.

Police say the decision is based on CDC and Alabama Department of Public Health guidelines and recommendations.

“We cannot in good faith, sponsor a public event where social distancing is impractical if not impossible and the number of attendees cannot be regulated fairly,” said Chief Steve Watkins of the Eufaula Police Department.

Safe, low-risk ways to participate in Halloween include:

  • Household pumpkin carving
  • Decorating homes and yards
  • Outdoor scavenger hunts without social contact
  • Virtual Halloween contests
  • Household movie night
  • Prearranged trick-or-treating with family and friends with prepackaged treats
  • Having treats individually wrapped at the end of the driveway or edge of the yard

The people of Eufaula are trusted with making informed decisions of allowing Halloween festivities that are more manageable than on a city-wide scale, according to Chief Watkins.

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