KINGWOOD — Halloween has taken on a different form this year with the COVID-19 pandemic in Preston County.
If residents are going to take their children trick-or-treating, they are being asked to follow the CDC guidelines.
The Preston County Health Department would prefer residents not to trick or treat because of the possibility of getting the virus.
When calling the health department for guidance on trick-or-treating, they like to err on the side of caution.
The CDC is viewing the traditional handing of treats out the door in person scenario as high risk. If treats are individually wrapped and set outside for children to pick up, that’s considered moderate risk.
As of Saturday morning, Preston went from green to yellow on the governor’s COVID map
Despite all, local municipalities have set trick-or-treat hours with all being held Saturday.
Main Street Kingwood will have its annual Main Street Kingwood trick or treat from 5-6 p.m. Thursday with businesses participating.
Local towns’ trick-or-treat hours Saturday are:
Albright — 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Aurora — Community hours for trick or treat will be from 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday. If choosing to participate, please turn on a porch light. There will be alternatives to going door-to-door for treats: The Aurora Area Historical Society will hold a drive-through treat on Oct. 31 during the hours of 5-7:30 p.m. There will be a trunk or treat sponsored by the Union Ambulance Service at the Aurora School parking lot from 5-7 p.m.
Bruceton Mills — 6-7 p.m.
Kingwood — 5-6 p.m. There will be no party at the Civic Center.
Reedsville — 5-6:30 p.m.
Rowlesburg — 5-6:30 p.m. for those who want to participate. For those participating in handing out candy, please leave your light on.
Terra Alta — 5-7 p.m. — Due to COVID-19, CDC recommends avoiding activities that may carry a higher risk. Unfortunately, traditional trick-or-treating is listed as one of those activities. While the town supports CDC guidelines, it believes the citizens of the Terra Alta community are able to make the choice of whether or not to participate in this event. If you plan to participate in trick or treat, please have your porch light illuminated.
Tunnelton — 5-7 p.m. These hours were in effect if the county stayed in the green status. Since the county went to yellow status Saturday, contact the town hall at 304-598-2992 for further information.
While out trick-o-treating, please consider following the safety precautions released by the CDC which suggest to:
— Wear a mask that is suitable for limiting the spread of Covid-19.
— Wear gloves while preparing treats.
— Pre-bag treats to limit contact.
— Consider placing pre-bagged treats at the end of your driveway/sidewalk/ yard for trick-or-treaters to grab.
— Maintain adequate distance between your small group of trick-or-treaters and other groups.
— Carry (and use) hand sanitizer.
— Wash your hands before preparing treat bags or touching your collected candy.