The mayors of three local towns in New Hampshire are working together to discourage door-to-door trick or treating this year.

Those towns are Dover, Rochester, and Somersworth, according to reporting from, and Rochester Mayor Caroline McCarley said in a statement that “there are multiple alternatives, safer options in the works for children and families.”

The mayors have been meeting to find some ways to replace traditional trick-or-treating that are more compliant with COVID-19 safety precautions, the article stated, and some ideas in the works are hayrides, costume and scarecrow building contests, and decoration contests.

Keep an eye on each city’s websites for updates on activities in your area.

The Tri-City officials are keeping in line with the CDC guidelines and recommendations put out by Gov. Chris Sununu’s office like stay home if you are not feeling well, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth when out and about at activities, avoid large gatherings and maintain your social distance according to

Another great tip was to carry a bottle of hand sanitizer.

This doesn’t mean Halloween is canceled, we can still have fun this Halloween, we just need to be more creative about it.  Halloween is on a Saturday and a Full Moon this year, so it is really a special time.

My wife has made me a special cloth mask to wear for the day and maybe we will go to the grocery store in costume.  The most important thing to remember is to stay safe.  Maybe a family movie night where the whole family can participate in costume.

Here are some tips for self-care during the pandemic:

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