Guidelines for Safe Trick-or-Treating in Camden - 2020
The Town of Camden’s Police Department will not be closing Pearl Street to vehicle traffic this Halloween in an effort to avoid drawing crowds of people to Pearl Street. Traditional door to door trick-or-treating has been identified as a high-risk activity by the CDC. We encourage anyone choosing to trick-or-treat to follow these guidelines issued by the CDC in order to keep our community healthy and safe:
- For Trick-or-Treaters:
- Please avoid going door to door and/or crowding around areas where treats are being handed out.
- Either visit only the homes of your family and other close contacts or stay in your neighborhood within Camden.
- Do not trick-or-treat in large groups.
- Wear a mask! Incorporate a two-layer face covering as part of your costume.
- Stay outside as much as possible. Since Halloween is on a Saturday it may be possible to start trick-or-treating on foot earlier in the day while it’s still light outside.
- Be aware of vehicles! Remember to follow pedestrian safety rules: walk on sidewalks, cross at crosswalks, look both ways before crossing a street, watch for turning traffic and vehicles leaving driveways.
- For Households Handing out (or not handing out) Treats:
- Please do not hand out treats directly at your front door. Consider creative ways to avoid having people congregate and yelling “trick-or-treat” at your doorstep. Leaving individually wrapped plastic bags of treats outside on a table in your yard or another area is a safer way to participate in trick-or-treating this year.
- Consider leaving treats out earlier in the day. With Halloween on a Saturday trick-or-treaters may start coming out while it’s still light outside.
- If you choose not to hand out treats, turn out the lights to your entryway.
- For the Community:
- Please drive slowly and be on the look-out for trick-or-treaters. It’s likely people will be more spread out and walking around different parts of Town this year.
- If you live in a community outside Camden: we encourage you to please trick-or-treat in your Town this year. Remember – rural areas with fewer trick-or-treaters have the best candy!
- Please limit any Halloween gatherings to only family and close contacts. Stay outside as much as possible.
- Crowded indoor costume parties, indoor haunted houses, traditional door to door trick-or-treating and trunk-or-treating are all considered high risk. Please avoid all of these activities.
- For more information please visit the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween