Buffalo mayor discourages traditional trick-or-treating, indoor gatherings for Halloween


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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brown is asking residents of Buffalo to refrain from engaging in a door-to-door trick-or-treating.

Buffalo, New York – In anticipation of the upcoming holiday, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown encourages the safe celebration of Halloween.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brown is asking Buffalo residents to refrain from engaging in a door-to-door trick-or-treating, saying it is a very high risk during the pandemic. Brown also asks residents not to participate in large indoor Halloween gatherings.

In a press release, the mayor of Buffalo cited the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), saying that many traditional Halloween activities could spread viruses, including COVID-19.

“Halloween is an annual celebration that we cherish in Buffalo, but we must continue to do everything we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community,” Brown said in a statement. “Going door to door and giving or receiving sweets is a very high risk during this global pandemic, which continues to threaten our society, especially our most vulnerable populations.”

“I urge residents to consider alternative Halloween activities and ask everyone to continue to take appropriate precautions, including regular hand washing, practicing safe physical distancing and refraining from attending or hosting large gatherings of any kind. What we do now will protect our families, neighbors and our community. Good neighbors, we must continue to stay strong and stay together to fight this deadly virus. “

The CDC recommends the following safe, low-risk activities instead:

  • Carve or decorate the pumpkins with the people you live with
  • Carve or decorate pumpkins outside (at a safe distance) with your neighbors or friends
  • Decorate your living space
  • Conduct a Halloween scavenger hunt. Give kids a list of Halloween-themed things to look out for
  • Host a virtual Halloween costume contest
  • Host a Halloween movie night with the people you live with
  • Host a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt in or around your home with family members

Brown also advises that any churches, community groups, and / or nonprofits planning to conduct safe, low-risk activities this Halloween may contact the Office of Special Events to have their event listed on the Halloween resource page. The Office of Special Events can be contacted by phone at 851-4004 or via email at specialevents@buffalony.gov.


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