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Posted on: October 17, 2020

Mayor Brown Encourages Safe Celebrations This Halloween


Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown is asking City of Buffalo residents to refrain from going door-to-door Trick-or-Treating or participating in large indoor gatherings this Halloween due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), many traditional Halloween activities can spread viruses, including the highly contagious Coronavirus.

Mayor Brown stated, “Halloween is a cherished annual celebration in the City of Buffalo, but we must continue to do everything we can to limit community spread of COVID-19. Going door-to-door and giving or receiving candy is too great of a risk during this global pandemic, which continues to threaten our community, especially our most vulnerable residents. I urge residents to consider alternative Halloween activities and ask that everyone continues taking the proper precautions, including regularly washing hands, practicing safe physical distancing and refraining from attending or hosting large gatherings of any kind. What we do now will safeguard our families, our neighbors and our community. As the City of Good Neighbors, we must continue to stay strong and stay together to fight this deadly virus.”

Churches, community groups and other not-for-profit organizations that are holding other safe, low-risk activities or celebrations in accordance with CDC guidelines can contact the Office of Special Events at 851-4004 or email specialevents@ to have an event listed on our Halloween Resource Page, at These events are not sponsored or hosted by the City of Buffalo, so please check with organizers ahead of time to ensure proper precautions are being taken to keep you and your family safe.

The CDC offers several safe alternatives to celebrate Halloween. Low risk activities include:

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them;
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends;
  • Decorating your house, apartment, or living space;
  • Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance;
  • Holding a virtual Halloween costume contest;
  • Hosting a Halloween movie night with people you live with;
  • Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going door-to-door.

For more information and guidance on holiday celebrations, visit

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