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Trick-or-treating times announced

Daily Press file photo Area youngsters enjoy trick-or-treating in this file photo. Trick-or-treating times have been set in municipalities throughout the local area.

Times for trick-or-treating have been set throughout the local area. They include:

GLADSTONE – Trick or treating in Gladstone will be held Saturday, October 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. Halloween night. This is subject to change due to the current COVID-19 crisis. Participation is up to individual families. Please remember if the porch light is not on, do not go to the home as that home is not participating in the event.

ESCANABA – Trick-or-treating in Escanaba will be held Saturday, October 31, from 5 to 7 p.m.

ROCK/PERKINS – Trick or treating will be Saturday, October 31 from 4 to 6 p.m.

BARK RIVER-HARRIS – Trick or treating will be Saturday, October 31, 1 to 3 p.m.

MANISTIQUE – To be announced

POWERS – SPALDING/ HERMANSVILLE – Trick or treating is scheduled for Saturday, October 31, from 3 to 5 p.m. CST

CARNEY NADEAU – Trick or treating is from Friday, October 30, 4 to 6:00 p.m. CST

RAPID RIVER – Trick or treating is Saturday, October 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. A Truck or Treat on Main Street Rapid River event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m.

Officials with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services suggest some guidelines for Halloween activities.

Admittedly, “the way we celebrate Halloween in Michigan will be different this year due to COVID-19,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “However, there are still many ways to celebrate safely.”

MDHHS recommendations include staying home if you are not feeling well, maintaining social distancing from others while outside, wearing a mask, and either washing your hands or using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol frequently.

Officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also offered ideas about the upcoming holiday. They suggest:

– Share with your children that this year may be different than last, but let them know some of the new ways you plan to celebrate and still have lots of fun.

– Talk with children about safety and social distancing guidelines and expectations. Keep a six-foot distance from others not in your group.

– Participate in one-way trick-or-treating and guide children to stay to the right to ensure social distancing.

– Trick or treat with people you live with.

– Avoid congregating in groups around houses.

– Wear a face mask covering both mouth and nose (officials explained that a costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask.)

– Only go to houses with safety measures in place.

CDC officials also suggested homeowners who want to pass out treats also should take certain precautions. They suggested moving outside to pass out candy this year, rather than at the front door.

– They also suggested using duct tape to mark off six foot lines in front of the candy station to space the little goblins apart from others.

– Put a piece of furniture, such as a table, between you and the trick-or-treaters.

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