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Trick or Treat: Most communities set Sunday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. for Halloween outings; here are safety tips

Start putting those costumes together, buying that candy, clearing your sidewalk and/or steps of obstacles, carving those pumpkins, cueing up the scary music, and doing whatever else it is that you do to prepare).

As always, officials stress the need for caution and common sense rules to keep children safe, especially this year with COVID-19 numbers remaining dangerously high.
As far as decreasing the risk of spreading the respiratory illness, trick or treaters are urged to maintain social distancing (don’t crowd those not in your group) and to limit their group size.
Likewise, people passing out candy should avoid handing candy directly to kids and avoid placing bowls and boxes filled with candy for kids to root through. Instead, they should place individually wrapped candy outside on a table or platform on the porch or in the driveway. (Some homeowners last year devised “candy delivery systems” that included PVC pipe, for example.)

Meanwhile, some general safety tips for trick or treating:

• Be careful crossing streets.
• Adults should accompany young children. Older children should travel in groups.
• Stop only at houses with an outside light on.
• Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers.
• Be wary of masks that obstruct vision. (Use face paint and makeup instead.)
• Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 
• Costumes shouldn’t cause kids to trip. 
• Drivers need to slow down and be alert.

Most communities have set the hours for trick or treating for 6-8 p.m. on Sunday October 31. Check with your local community’s website for details.


Newport Branch/Campbell County Library

The Newport Branch of Campbell County Library, 901 East 6th Street, is holding a ‘Halloween Hullabaloo’ on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30 at 11 a.m. Photo booth, themed games, fun prizes. Costumes encouraged. And remember, the library is waiving all fines and fees prior to March 14, 2020.

Kenton County Public Libraries

Covington Branch
Saturday, October 30, 2-4 pm
Join in for games, crafts, a candy hunt, snacks, drinks and a costume contest.
Durr Branch
Sunday, October 31, 2-3 p.m.
Come just to trunk-o-treat or decorate your car, give out candy and enter the contest. Candy will be provided by the library. Registration required for vehicles taking part in the contest. Kentonlibrary.org/events

City of Covington and Staff report

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