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City of Killeen encourages residents to trick-or-treat a day earlier

The city has reserved Saturday, Oct. 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for trick-or-treaters and those who want to pass out candy or treats.

KILLEEN, Texas — The City of Killeen wants residents to trick-or-treat a day earlier instead of on Halloween, according to a news release. 

The news release says the city has reserved Saturday, Oct. 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for trick-or-treaters and for those who want to pass out candy or treats.

"Households that wish to distribute candy should turn the front porch lights on to indicate they welcome trick-or-treating. Trick-or-Treaters should only approach houses that have porch lights on and should never enter a home or car for a treat," says city officials. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, door-to-door trick-or-treating is a higher risk activity for the coronavirus to spread and recommends parents and kids limit large crowds. 

Per the CDC, those choosing to participate should observe the following precautions:

Trick-or-Treaters:

  • Stay home if you or any member of your group is sick
  • Wear a cloth mask (costume masks are not appropriate substitutes for protective masks)
  • Keep at least six feet of distance at all times; avoid parties, encourage small groups
  • Remain outdoors 
  • Observe good hygiene by using hand sanitizer and washing hands
  • Wash hands and inspect candy before enjoying

Participating Houses/Venues:

  • Do not participate if you or any member of your household is sick
  • Wear a cloth mask when interacting with trick-or-treaters
  • Keep at last six feet of distance from trick-or-treaters
  • Keep all activities outdoors
  • Wash hands frequently when preparing treats and before and after delivering them
  • Consider contactless delivery, by pre-packaging treats and setting them out to grab

Upcoming Fall events: 

  • Annual Fall Festival on Oct. 30 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Stonetreee Golf Club.
  • The Killeen Police Department’s annual Trunk-or-Treat on Oct. 30 from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. at KPD’s headquarters.