Halloween is a nationally recognized event that is not managed by the City of Sanford. However, the City of Sanford has established the following ordinance for the municipality:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Though trick-or-treating is not canceled for the City of Sanford, this year the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and the City of Sanford “strongly recommend” against traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating.
Ultimately, the City leaves the decision whether to participate in traditional Halloween night activities to the discretion of residents.
Any residents who do not want trick-or-treaters on their property should turn off their porch lights and close their front doors. Trick-or-treaters are asked to be respectful to those who choose not to participate.
Anyone who chooses to participate – either as trick-or-treaters or distributors of candy – are strongly urged to follow these public health recommendations:
Be safe and use common sense, such as wear a protective mask or face covering;
Maintain social distancing if not in the same household;
Any household with a positive case of COVID-19 should not participate;
Any individuals with COVID-19 symptoms should not participate;
Any homes that are supplying candy are encouraged to practice safe social distancing;
All participants should sanitize their hands after touching objects or people.