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Communities adapt to COVID-19 guidelines for Halloween

Posted at 10:33 PM, Oct 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-31 23:33:47-04

The coronavirus pandemic has forced people in and around Milwaukee to come up with creative and safe ways to celebrate Halloween.

Officials canceled trick-or-treating in Milwaukee and a few North Shore communities.

On Friday, Gov. Tony Evers begged people to stay home on Halloween as cases continue to surge all over Wisconsin.

Robert Cagle is part of the organization Working On Refining Communities, and he helped gather a group at Washington Park in Milwaukee for a "trunk or treat" even on Saturday afternoon.

"Everybody is staying safe," Cagle's daughter, Shaliah, said. "We got masks."

In Wauwatosa, Jacarrie Carr and his organization, Jacarrie's Kicks for Kids, helped a few dozen kids celebrate Halloween with a trip to the movies.

"This year I think we are all suffering," Carr said. "Due to Covid, we are all locked in the house, or can’t go to school, and a lot of these kids need to be kids."

Some said it was an event they looked forward to.

"I think its good for me and my son to come out be able to bond, be able to get out of the house, everyone is cooped up, and it’s a safe thing to do, it’s socially distanced," said Amajou Butler.

Meanwhile, several communities around Milwaukee allowed trick-or-treating with social distance guidelines. In Elm Grove, parents laid out candy on tables for kids to take. A Menomonee Falls family delivered treats down a candy chute. Kids wore masks door-to-door in Brookfield.

"I've seen all the kids with masks on, and everybody's been great," said Maggie Skladanek.

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