This week Lansing and East Lansing released guidelines for this year's Halloween Trick or Treating activities. Including family friendly events that will be structured for safety. Both cities have announced official trick or treating hours will be Saturday, Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Guidance has been issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, MDHHS and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). You should be aware this is a high-risk activity according to the CDC. They suggest virtual gatherings as opposed to Halloween parties or trick or treating. Keep in mind the emergency order from the Ingham County Health Department requires no more than 10 people at indoor gatherings, and no more than 25 outdoors, and folks must keep a social distance of 6 feet for guests from different families.

Here’s Tips for Trick or Treaters from Lansing City Pulse:

  • Share with your children that this year may be different than last but let them know some of the new ways you plan to celebrate and still have lots of fun.
  • Talk with children about safety and social distancing guidelines and expectations. Keep a six-foot distance from others not in your group.
  • Participate in one-way trick-or-treating and guide children to stay to the right to ensure social distancing.
  • Trick-or-treat with people you live with.
  • Avoid congregating in groups around houses.
  • Wear a facemask covering both mouth and nose.
  • A costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth mask.
  • Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask if wearing both causes difficulty breathing. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
  • Only go to houses with safety measures in place.

The city of Lansing has some extraordinary events for Trick or Treaters. Lansing Parks and Recreation is hosting a drive through Halloween with trick or treating. There will be several vendors setup along the route giving away candy and other items. While the kids are getting the treats, you can also get a free flu shot courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield. This event is happening Saturday October 31st 1-3pm at Frances Park, 2701 Moores River Drive in Lansing. For more details check their website.

The Lansing Police and Fire Department are also doing a Trunk or Treat drive-thru, handing out candy, and McGruff the Crime Dog will be there too! This event happens Saturday October 31st from 3-6pm at LPD Ops Center, 5815 Wise Road in Lansing.

The Lansing City Clerk’s office is also getting in on the festivities, with food trucks, Music, drive-thru trick or treating, and freebies. They are also offering voter registration and drop off your ballots. They will be out there for two days, Saturday 10/31 from Noon to 5, and Sunday 11/1 from 2-5pm at the South Washington Office Complex at 2500 South Washington in Lansing.

So, there you have it, safe ways for you and your kids to enjoy Halloween festivities if you are going out. It is always better to play it safe, social distance, wash your hands and wear a mask in public. Lansing has really stepped up for Halloween this year.

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