This story was last updated at 1 p.m. to reflect changes in Trick-or-Treat times for Bailey Lakes, Hayesville, Jeromesville and other communities.
ASHLAND -- Though COVID-19 canceled many activities and events during the year, communities in Ashland County are moving forward with Trick-or-Treat.
For those who intend to collect candy this year, we've compiled a list of local Trick-or-Treat times below.
City of Ashland - 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29
The city of Ashland's mayor's office confirmed Thursday afternoon that Trick-or-Treat will continue Thursday evening -- rain or shine.
According to the city's website, its Trick-or-Treat is scheduled each year on the Thursday before Halloween as to not conflict with Friday night high school football and other weekend activities. The early hours are intended to offer a safe experience for those who participate.
Those who wish to hand out treats are asked to keep their front porch light on.
Bailey Lakes - Rescheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Hayesville - Rescheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Due to COVID-19 related requirements, the fire department will not be open, and there will be no costume contest this year.
Jeromesville - Rescheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Loudonville - 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Prior to Trick-or-Treat opportunities, the annual Halloween parade is set to begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. It will begin at the C.E. Budd School with participants lining up in front of the auditorium. Afterwards, a kids costume contest will be held in the Park National Bank Parking Lot.
Downtown business Trick-or-Treat runs from 5 to 6 p.m. Residential Trick-or-Treat takes place from 6 to 7 p.m.
All who attend the parade, compete in the costume contest or participate in Trick-or-Treat are asked to practice social distancing and wear a mask.
Mifflin - 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29
Nankin - Rescheduled for 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Perrysville - 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Festivities in Perrysville kickoff with a costume contest at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Perrysville Community Theatre. Trick-or-Treat follows from 4 to 6 p.m.
Perrysville Economic Development has organized hayrides from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The rides leave from and return to the theatre. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Due to county health department regulations and close interaction on the hayride, masks are required.
The evening ends with a movie night. Casper will be shown in the Perrysville Community Theatre at 8 p.m. Bird Box will begin at 9:30 p.m.
Polk - 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Savannah - Rescheduled for 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Sullivan - 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Troy - 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Participants and those handing out treats are asked to follow these guidelines: Use social distancing as much as possible, wear a mask or find a way to make it part of your costume, carry and use hand sanitizer often, wipe off and sanitize wrapped candy and avoid homemade treats.
Those handing out candy are encouraged to use individual bags instead of a shared bowl.
Vermillion Township - Rescheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
CDC Guidelines for Trick-or-Treat in 2020
If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, the CDC recommends you do not participate in in-person Halloween festivities or give out candy to trick-or-treaters.
Additional CDC guidelines for Trick-or-Treat this year are listed below.
Make trick-or-treating safer
- Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
- Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
- Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.
- Wash hands before handling treats.
- Wear a mask.
Wear a mask
- Make your cloth mask part of your costume.
- A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask.
- Do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. It can make breathing more difficult.
- Masks should not be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing
Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you
- Indoors and outdoors, you are more likely to get or spread COVID-19 when you are in close contact with others for a long time.
Wash your hands
- Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it after touching objects or other people.
- Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Parents: supervise young children using hand sanitizer.
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home and before you eat any treats.