Chemung County recommends not scheduling trick or treating

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CHEMUNG COUNTY, N.Y. (WETM) – Chemung County is recommending that municipalities not schedule trick or treating due to COVID-19.

“It’s much harder to plan an event our kids going door to door,” said Christopher Moss, Chemung County Executive. “So obviously it’s the recommendation we make. Sure municipality want to do, you know, old style trick or treating then they need to take a look at them and try to help them with it. But our recommendation, it would be much easier to attempt to control a trunk or treat type of event, than a traditional trick-or-treating.”

The Chemung County Health Department and the Chemung County Executive’s Office are making the recommendation to local municipalities that they not schedule traditional trick-or-treating whereupon treats are handed to children who go door to door. Unfortunately, the Center for Disease Control considers this to be a high-risk activity, and with the increased number of Covid-19 positive cases, as well as hospitalizations throughout Chemung County and the Southern Tier Region, I believe we should err on the side of caution.

We are working with several municipalities to allow trunk-or-treating events to take place throughout the county as long as a safety plan has been submitted and approved by the Chemung County Health Department. One of the guidelines that will be added to these plans will be the need for either code enforcement or law enforcement to be present during the entire event to assure that everyone is following the approved protocols from the Chemung County Health Department. These events throughout the municipalities should be held on the same date and at the same time so that children won’t be crisscrossing the county in an attempt to attend multiple events.

18 News is tracking which cities and towns are holding trick or treating this year. If you would like to report an event or trick or treating time, email us at

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