SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)- With Halloween just around the corner, cities across the Wabash Valley continue to discuss how they will handle trick-or-treating. Tuesday, Sullivan was the latest city to make some changes to the holiday tradition.
Traditionally the City of Sullivan has two designated days for trick-or-treating, both October 30th and 31st. During the pandemic, city officials say some residents have wondered might change.
“Kids here in the City of Sullivan and and parents here in the City of Sullivan, the big question is what about trick or treating this year?,” said Mayor Clint Lamb, City of Sullivan.
Mayor Lamb says leading to a decision, he’s been able to hear opinions on trick-or-treating from his community including some that differ.
“Some folks say don’t have Halloween at all. Some folks say we need to do it,” Lamb said.
Lamb says most feedback he has received has been in favor of traditional trick-or-treating.
Tuesday, by a vote of 4-0, the Sullivan City Council agreed to allow the activity this Halloween but with some changes.
Instead of two nights, the city will officially have one night of trick-or-treating from 6-9 P.M. on Halloween day.
“Any time that you can limit anything it statistically just decreases chances of any superspreaders or any events like that,” Lamb said.
While visiting homes on Halloween, Lamb encourages Sullivan residents to follow COVID-19 guidelines and mitigation efforts such as social distancing and hand washing.
“We want to make sure first and foremost that we have a healthy and safe community, right? And we don’t want to negate that over one night of trick-or-treating,” Lamb said.
Lamb says although the changes, Sullivan residents can still visit friends or go out on the day prior to Halloween.
He also says that a request has been made to continue the annual Halloween parade that takes place in the city.
The City of Terre Haute also recently that official trick-or-treating would be limited to just one day this year.