Spirit Lake Mayor Issues Statement Regarding Halloween & Trick Or Treating & Concerns Related To The Pandemic

Wed 10-14-2020

(Spirit Lake)-- Spirit Lake Mayor Bruce Keenan has issued a statement regarding Halloween and trick-or-treating in Spirit Lake, and how it relates to concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement, in it's entirety, follows:

Halloween is fast approaching. The effects of COVID 19 are greater now than when our area was shut down last spring. The tradition of Beggar's Night for young trick or treaters poses definite safety concerns and challenges. The Iowa Department of Public Health has posted guidelines regarding "Trick or Treat" door to door events that can be reviewed here:

The City of Spirit Lake does not have specific ordinances regarding Halloween and can't officially allow or "cancel" Trick or Treating on October 31st this year. The traditional hours are from 5 pm to 7 pm. We request residents who wish to provide treats to have a front entry light on to indicate participation. If you choose to participate in any way, please review and consider carefully the guidelines released by the IDPH.

I recommend that whatever choice you make for Halloween, please be safe and respectful of the choices of others.

Bruce W. Keenan, Mayor, Spirit Lake