RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — It’s the big question on a lot of minds of children just two weeks from Halloween — will there or won’t there be trick-or-treating?
The answer can depend on where you live.
Brody Marinko said would feel safe going trick-or-treating.
But the 12-year-old from Holly Springs knows it’s not up to him — it’s up to his parents. Brody’s father, Jay, is leaning toward yes.
“Its something everyone looks forward to. Parents and kids alike,” dad Jay Marinko said.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual tradition presents great risks and across our area, cities and towns are handling it differently.
In Roxboro, the city council agreed to move forward with door-to-door trick-or-treating. It’s allowed on Halloween from 6 to 8pm.
Hillsborough, Durham, Fayetteville and Raleigh are all actively discouraging it.
The city of Fayetteville is recommending other activities like crafts, carving pumpkins, or a movie night.
The city of Raleigh is holding several events, including a family drive-in at Dix Park.
In Holly Springs, the mayor Dick Sears is assuring kids that Halloween is not canceled.
“We’re going to try to work out a system where you don’t have to hand them personally the candy and still keep within the six-foot distance, if we can. Worst case scenario we give it a little toss,” Sears said.
The mayor is urging families to stay within their neighborhood. He said lights on indicate that a house is participating, while lights off means the house is not.
Sears said he is hoping to have trick-or-treating wrap up by 7:30 p.m.
“If they do come out, again, mask, six feet and not a whole lot of group parties,” Sears said.
“I’ve always done trick-or-treating, it’s something different. Its going to be a lot different this year,” Brody said.
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