Halloween parades and trunk or treats are getting canceled around the country, leaving tri-state parents questioning -- will my child be able to trick or treat this year?
"It'd be pretty disappointed,” Evansville mom Alice Helfert said on if it got canceled. “I've got four-year-old twins and they love Halloween and I just don't think there's no reason why we can't go door to door."
"It would be really sad because my little girl is six and she looks forward to Halloween all year round,” said fellow concerned parent Jessica Parrott. “She's talked about it I mean since January. So, she will be really upset if she can't do that. I feel like everything else has been canceled so let's not cancel this for the kids."
But Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says while he isn’t sure just yet if there will be limitations to the October tradition, as he’s waiting to hear from the Vanderburgh County Health Department, he believes families will be able to do so safely.
"We've been following their guidance through the pandemic on everything related to public health and we'll certainly do that again for Halloween,” Winnecke said. “But I think it's safe to say that we can -- people need to use common sense, masks social distancing, you know good hygiene with washing your hand -- and you know, it will be a safe Halloween."
And regardless of trick or treating does get canceled — families will still be able to have Halloween fun this year with a socially distanced Boo at the Zoo and at the Evansville Museum of Art, History and Science's second annual Halloween Bash, with new safety precautions in place.
"This is for ages kindergarten through sixth grade,” said Evansville Museum executive director Mary McNamee Bower. “To come and have a self-guided experience, an enhanced museum experience this year for Halloween. So we'll be having a scavenger hunt, you can walk through the museum and find pumpkins hidden throughout the museum and check them off your list."
But parents still wanting to take their children trick-or-treating in their neighborhoods say they think it can be done safely.
"Whether people sit out and social distance and you know wear their mask and do whatever needs to be done,” Helfert said. “But, I think there's a way that it can be made too -- where everybody can still enjoy it."
44News has reached out to the Vanderburgh County Health Department to find out more about their decision regarding trick-or-treating.