Villages offer guidance to Halloween trick or treating

Linda Gallagher

REGION — With national predictions that the next six to 12 weeks will be the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, municipal villages in Antrim and Kalkaska County offered guidelines and advice last week to those heading out to celebrate Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 31 with trick or treating door to door.

"As Halloween is a traditional holiday and not a village-only event, we have no other involvement other than helping the community enjoy a safe holiday," said Central Lake Village Council president Rob Tyler last week. 

"We ask that any residents who participate in activities please adhere to any public health guidelines from the Health Department of Northwest Michigan," he continued. "Please practice social distancing, wear a mask, and if you're not feeling well or have people in your home suffering from COVID-19, stay home."

Village officials in Mancelona, Elk Rapids, Ellsworth, and Bellaire echoed those thoughts, but off the record expressed surprise that residents in their areas would want to continue the tradition of trick or treating.

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