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COVID forces changes this year for Halloween

Trick or treaters made their rounds through neighborhoods across the area for a Halloween unlike any other. Yesterday Oneida County as well as State Health officials released guidelines regarding Halloween.

Posted: Oct 31, 2020 11:31 PM

UTICA, N.Y. --- Trick or treaters made their rounds through neighborhoods across the area for a Halloween unlike any other. Yesterday Oneida County as well as State Health officials released guidelines regarding Halloween.

Those guidelines encouraged people to wear masks and social distance themselves from other people. The County recommended people stay within their neighborhoods to trick or treat.

Despite those changes that didn't stop families from going all out with the decorations. In North Utica. Some houses covered in decorations. Some houses also got creative with how they gave out candy.

"So keeping with 6 feet of distance and no touching of the candy, we're thinking very safe this year. So we have the two ladders set up and the shoot, hold the candy on one end kids hold their bag at the other end and it just sends right into their basket. They go home safely and happy," said Marianne Sodoro.

Some houses chose not to hand out any candy at all. 

"If someone feels they're at more of a risk and others feel they just don't want to participate then that's up to them. I think that we've taken the proper precautions here. My kids are taking the proper precautions as they go door to door so to each is own however they want to celebrate or not celebrate is up to them," said one neighbor.

Trick or treaters were encouraged to only be out during the hours of 4 and 6 PM.

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