Trick or treat?
According to the city of Newton, trick-or-treating is not canceled this year — though some events will look a little different.
The city has been promoting safety guidelines on social media, based on guidance from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Those guidelines include wearing a facial covering — a cloth mask under a costume — social distancing, avoiding “grab buckets” where trick-or-treaters reach in and grab treats on their own, and only giving prepackaged treats.
COVID-19 did lead to changes for the annual Lions Club Halloween Safewalk. This year, the Lions will host the event in drive-thru fashion at Athletic Park.
The 2020 Trick-or-Treat Street Halloween Ride will be held from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Oct. 31 at Athletic Park. Entrance to the park will be off Grandview.
The Lions Club and Newton Recreation Commission have teamed up to provide a safe and socially distanced celebration for kids and families. It will be a drive-thru event, with families driving the park circle, stopping at local business booths to trick-or-treat from the comfort of their vehicle.
First Baptist Church will be giving out free hot dogs to kids and parents (while supplies last) near the Grandview entrance.
Families are encouraged to decorate their cars and compete in a car costume contest. Businesses can also compete for the best-decorated booth.
Newton Christian Church, 210 Southport, will host a Trunk or Treat event from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31.
Family First Childcare will have a drive-thru event from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at 215 N. Meridian Road.