OLEAN, NY — The city will allow trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween, despite climbing coronavirus cases in Cattaraugus County. 

“Residents who plan to hand out treats should turn on their porch lights during those two hours and take the necessary precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Mayor William J. Aiello said.

For residents who do not feel comfortable allowing their children to participate in traditional trick-or-treating, the city has organized a candy drop sponsored by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce. The drop will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday on South Street by Lincoln Park. 

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“This will give parents who are hesitant to trick or treat this year an alternative and still allow their children to wear their costumes and receive treats,” Aiello said.

The mayor stressed the importance of COVID-19-related safety on Halloween. According to a news release, the city is using the guidelines for safety outlined by the Academy of Pediatrics. The release noted the following safety points:

  • Avoid large gatherings
  • Maintain six feet of distance from others and avoid clusters at doorsteps
  • Wear a cloth face covering
  • Wash hands frequently or use a hand sanitizer
  • Treats should be checked and packages sanitized by parent(s) or other trusted adults before eating them.

The mayor also stressed the importance of usual Halloween safety measures, especially for any resident driving on Halloween night. 

“Citizens who are driving should exercise extreme caution," he said. "Many of Olean’s younger residents will be in costumes and will be crossing the streets."

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