OPELOUSAS, La (KADN)- Well, there won’t be any tricks this year... just treats. This is because Dr. Anthony Fauci has given families the “ok” to resume outdoor trick or treating this year.
St. Landry Parish has said that they will be allowing trick or treating outside of city limits this Halloween.
“Children right now need Halloween. They need something that's familiar to them,” Rachel Babineaux, St. Landry Parish community outreach coordinator, said.
In 2020, Halloween was labeled as a “high-risk activity” due to COVID-19.
Now, St. Landry Parish is making up for lost time by hosting three separate events. They will be having a trunk or treat for kids, a haunted house, and a fall fest.
“We're asking everyone to wear masks where, you know, it's up to your discretion but we are requiring masks, you know, for the kids and the parents, just to make sure that everyone is safe, they feel safe, you know, during this time,” Babineaux said.
Babineaux encourages parents to feel comfortable with letting their kids celebrate Halloween because COVID-19 safety protocols will be put in place.
“He wants them to feel a sense of normalcy as much as possible. He knows how the pandemic has affected them, you know their mental health and everything, so he really wants to bring familiarity to them,” Babineaux said.
The City of Opelousas will also be hosting a Trick or Treat Trail which will allow kids to have a sense of normalcy during Halloween.
“The one-mile walking trail will allow a lot of space for social distancing and the trail participants will be monitored in terms of how many people go on the trail at one time,” Melanie Lebouef, the city of Opelousas tourism director, said.
Although door-to-door trick or treating won’t be permitted in the city, families will still have an opportunity to enjoy a similar experience.
“Kids have missed out on many events from Halloween events to Christmas events so this is just one way to create a nice outdoor family fun and safe, but only safe event for Halloween,” Lebouef said.
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