Local municipalities are fielding inquiries from residents to find out what they are permitted to do for Halloween this year. With the continued safety guidelines in effect because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are wondering if the kids can go out for trick or treating.

 Argentine Township Supervisor Brian Saad said the municipality doesn’t have an official statement or guidelines for Halloween trick-or-treating, but he urged parents to do what’s best and safest for their children.

 Linden City announced this week that the tradition of Halloween and trick or treating is not a city of Linden organized or sanctioned event. Other than announcing trick or treating hours between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., every year, the city has no further involvement.

 City leaders do encourage everyone to follow health department guidelines (Go to link at end of this story).

 Fenton City Manager Lynn Markland said no decision has been made in Fenton, however, he expects city leaders to have the same opinion as Linden City, allowing trick or treating, but not sanctioning it.

 Holly Village announced its stand on Halloween and trick or treating Thursday, Oct. 1. Village leaders want to make it known that trick-or-treating has never been a Village sponsored event, since Halloween is not a government holiday. 

 However, the Holly Police Department will provide the same staffing levels as in previous years on Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m., which is the traditional time for trick-or-treating in the village. If residents chose to participate in trick-or-treating, village leaders hope they will follow all Covid-19 safety protocols and guidelines.

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