Halloween is only a couple of weeks away, and I have had some residents ask "What is the City of Lake Saint Louis doing about Halloween? Are they canceling it and not allowing Trick or Treating?" The short answer is "No, we're not canceling or disallowing Trick or Treating", or other get-togethers for the evening. The City has cancelled our annual Halloween Party in Founders Park as it would be difficult to limit the number of people attending to achieve social distancing (this typically draws a couple hundred or more). The City is following St. Charles County Health Department's guidelines which follow the CDC's recommendations suggesting more virtual gatherings or limiting parties to close family members.

I realize though that neighborhoods are looking to have outdoor gatherings - central areas where "pre-made bags of candy" may be picked up by the kids, bags placed at the end of driveways or the porch, and maybe a distancing parade of costumes. In the end, it is up to each parent and resident whether they choose to do any of these this year considering safety issues with COVID-19. I would encourage everyone who does participate in any group event to take all safety aspects into consideration - face masks, social distancing, hand washing, and sanitizer available, etc. Also, since many may choose to stay at home, it's still fun to decorate your house and yard with lights and decorations (I have already seen many fabulous displays) - we can still enjoy walking and driving by to view. If you plan on giving or leaving treats on the porch or yard - leaving your porch light on will help the Trick or Treaters know where to stop. And, if you are out on Halloween, please be very cautious as you are driving - kids and families may still be out on the streets. 

Happy Halloween and Fall - stay safe!