The City of Reading has released guidelines for Halloween trick-or-treating, encouraging parents to help their children follow CDC Halloween safety recommendations while collecting candy.

“COVID-19 has limited us in enjoying some of our holiday events and festivities. The lives of the children in our community have been hit hard this year and I would like to provide parents the opportunity to choose if they would like to celebrate the trick-or-treat tradition of Halloween. In doing so, I ask that everyone does so safely,” said Mayor Eddie Moran.

The Mayor says he is not restricting trick-or-treating, but is asking those participating to do so cautiously to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“All adults and community leaders, let’s make this day as safe as possible for the children by following the CDC guidelines. I encourage every family to assess and decide how to celebrate based on today’s reality.”

Officials ask that those distributing candy for trick-or-treaters to turn on their porch lights in an effort to make it easier to identify participants.