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The Detroit Health Department has released guidance for families and business owners on ways to safely celebrate Halloween this year.

The guidance includes drive-up sites for parents to drive their kids as an alternative to trick-or-treating on Halloween.

Drive-Up Halloween Candy Sites

The Department of Neighborhoods (DON) has partnered with City departments to donate candy for this year’s first-ever Drive-Up Candy Stations.

On Halloween, residents are invited to bring their children by car to pick up treats from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at select fire stations, all 11 Detroit Police precincts and Adams-Butzel Recreation Center. Masks are required, and social distancing protocols will be followed. No walk-ups are allowed.

For the full list of the the City of Detroit Halloween in the D Drive-Up Candy Stations, go here.

Safety guidance from the Detroit Health Department

“Given all the hard work by Detroiters in managing COVID-19 in our city, everyone deserves the opportunity to relax and celebrate, and Halloween is the perfect opportunity,” added Denise Fair, Chief Public Health Officer, Detroit Health Department. “That’s why we have developed guidelines to support residents and trick-or-treaters, as well as those establishments that are hosting events, so that everyone who chooses to celebrate may safely enjoy Halloween as we continue navigating COVID-19 and flu season.”

Here is some guidance, from the Health Department:

Low risk activities: Outdoor celebrations such as pumpkin carving, decorating the outside of your home or even hosting a Halloween scavenger hunt.

A moderate risk: Make ‘Grab ‘n Go’ goodie bags. To ensure social distancing you could line them up on a table on your porch, ready to go. You could also host an outdoor costume parade or party or even host an outdoor movie night.

High risk activities: Door-to-door Trick- or-Treating; Trunk-or-treating; or Indoor activities like costume parties or haunted houses. Even hayrides and tractor rides with people that are not in your own household are considered high risk.

Here’s guidance if you do decide to trick or treat:

If you are in any way feeling sick, stay home.
While walking around the neighborhood, walk only with your family.
Keep 6 feet from others as you approach porches. Wait 6 feet away off the porch for those ahead of you to leave.
Wear your mask that covers both nose and mouth. Do not wear a cloth mask under your Halloween costume mask as it could cause difficulty breathing.
Do not reach into a bag of candy because it will potentially spread your germs to others. Let the homeowner place the candy in your bag.
When you get home, wash your hands. Set the candy aside for 24 hours before eating (make in advance pre-made cookies or other treats for your children)

Here’s guidance if you decide to pass out candy:

If you are feeling sick, turn your porch light off and don’t participate.
Wear a mask that covers both nose and mouth
Use gloves when handling candy.
Place a distribution table between yourself and where children will walk up to your door.
Put small bags of candy or treats spaced out on a disinfected table so children only touch the candy they take for themselves.
Set up markers 6 feet apart leading to your door to remind trick-or-treaters to remain socially distant by using cones or making tape or other on your driveway or sidewalk.

Here’s guidance for businesses who are hosting a Halloween event:

Most mirror COVID-19 guidelines currently in place for keeping patrons safe at bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
A business can host an outdoor gathering. Capacity is limited to 30 people per 1,000 square feet up to a maximum of 1,000.
If you’re a business and want to host a gathering indoors, capacity is limited to 20 people per 1,000 square feet with a maximum of 500.
These guidelines are posted at detroitmi.gov/Halloween.
Anyone who has COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone with the virus is advised by the Health Department to avoid in-person Halloween festivities, forego handing out candy and stay home if they are feeling sick.

For more information on Detroit Health Department Halloween guidelines and resources, head to detroitmi.gov/Halloween.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com!