City of Milwaukee not supporting trick-or-treating this Halloween due to COVID-19 concerns

NOW: City of Milwaukee not supporting trick-or-treating this Halloween due to COVID-19 concerns

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The city of Milwaukee is not backing treat-or-treating this Halloween because of COVID-19.

City leaders say in-person trick-or-treating is too much of a health risk.

“We’re also not going to create a designated time for trick-or-treating as we’ve done in the past," Mayor Tom Barrett said.

Barrett added they don’t plan to have police out patrolling, but officials are encouraging families to find safer ways to celebrate.

For mom of two, Danasia Price, this is her family’s favorite time of the year.

“We love Halloween. We love dressing up, taking the kids out," Price said.

But she says she understands why the city is taking precaution.

“I don’t want it to spread anymore, COVID to spread, so I really don’t encourage people to trick-or-treat honestly," she added.

City of Milwaukee Interim Health Commissioner Marlaina Jackson offered low-to-moderate risk activities for families and their social bubble.

“We suggest having a fun movie night," she said. “Additionally, having small-group, outdoor costume parades or costume parties where individuals can space six-feet apart.”

Despite the pandemic, other municipalities, such as Greenfield and Cudahy, are moving ahead with in-person trick-or-treating.

However, decisions can always change, so be sure to check with your local leaders on public times.

For more alternative Halloween ideas from Milwaukee’s health department, click here.

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