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Owensboro's 'Trail of Treats' Event Canceled, Trick-or-Treating Guidelines Released

The City of Owensboro has canceled its 31st annual 'Trail of Treats' Halloween event and released guidelines on door-to-door trick-or-treating this Halloween amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted: Sep 21, 2020 4:21 PM
Updated: Sep 22, 2020 7:48 PM

The City of Owensboro announced on Monday that its 31st annual 'Trail of Treats' Halloween event, originally scheduled for Oct. 29, 2020, has been canceled.

According to Tim Ross, Director of Public Events for the City of Owensboro, the decision to cancel the event was made in collaboration with the Green River District Health Department with the safety of the community in mind.

“As our community and the State of Kentucky continue the fight against COVID-19, we have decided not to have Trail of Treats this year,” said Tim Ross, Director of Public Events for the City of Owensboro. “The safety of our community is our top priority, and with the massive turnout that happens every year for the annual Halloween event downtown, it is not feasible to keep people spread out enough to maintain safe social distancing.”

City officials on Monday also said that door-to-door Trick-or-Treating will be allowed on Oct. 31, but urge the community to follow certain safety guidelines: 

  • General Trick-or-Treating hours are 5:00-8:00 PM
  • Do not approach homes with lights turned off
  • Limit Trick-or-Treating groups to no more than 10 people
  • Distribute pre-packaged treats only (nothing homemade)
  • Wear face coverings if 6 ft. social distance cannot be maintained
  • Wash/sanitize your hands before eating any treats/candies
  • Be courteous to those around you by maintaining at least 6’ social distance


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