Clark County to have Beggar’s Night on Oct. 31

Beggar’s Night in Clark County will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, unless the health department states otherwise, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said.

“We are advising everybody to try to go along with the health department’s rules and regulations that they have put into effect," Sheriff Deborah Burchett said. "Hopefully everybody goes out and has a good time, but yet a safe time.”

Burchett explained that choosing to have Beggar’s Night was a “very hard decision” to make, but “it’s about the kids.”

“The children they aren’t being able to attend school the way they would like, there’s been so many activities that have been taken away from them, so I felt that the children deserved this," Burchett said.

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On Friday, Lance D. Himes, interim director of the Ohio Department of Health, released Halloween guidance, which is designed to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

During trick-or-treating, parents are encouraged to limit the number of houses their children visit, have children stay as far from treat-givers as possible, wipe off candy wrappers with sanitizing wipes and allow children to eat only factory-wrapped treats.

Other Halloween recommendations include holding a drive-through or drive-in trick-or-treat event, leaving treats in the mailboxes of friends and neighbors, or decorating your home and hide treats as an alternative to trick-or-treating.

The guidance will be reassessed and updated as necessary in the weeks leading up to Oct. 31, according to a release from the ODH.

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Burchett said children should wear masks under their Halloween masks and residents should wear masks when passing out candy. If residents do not want to pass out candy they should leave their porch light off, so children do not come to their door, Burchett added.

“It will be your choice to participate by either putting your porch light on to pass out candy or having your children go trick-or-treating,” the sheriff’s office said.

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