After much debate back and forth, it has just been announced that kids will be allowed to trick or treat in Dover this year

The city made a special announcement on their Facebook page:

As expected, there will be precautions put in place due to Covid-19.  Dover.NH.gov says "children and families can participate in Halloween trick-or-treating in the City of Dover from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, if they follow COVID-19 coronavirus safety protocols."

The decision was made after consulting with the State, the CDC, and the New Hampshire Municipal Association.

So, what requirements are there?

According to Dover.NH.Gov, you should follow these suggestions:

  • Travel in family groups only.
  • Maintain at least a six-foot distance between groups.
  • Wear face coverings (standard Halloween masks typically have a mouth hole).
  • No direct trick-or-treating candy exchange (physical distance must be maintained; see some alternatives for handing out candy below).
  • Do not trick or treat at homes that do not have a porch light on.
  • Practice frequent hand cleaning.

They have also set up guidelines for people handing out the candy:

  • Using a table and bowl on a porch that can be refilled between visitors.
  • Setting up a driveway distribution point, such as a table, that allows households to participate but from a minimum of a six-foot distance.

Very happy that the kids will still be able to trick or treat this year. It's definitely one of my favorite times of the year!