Seattle is encouraging COVID-friendly trick-or-treating

Oct 27 2020, 6:15 pm

Although the CDC recommends avoiding trick or treating this year, the City of Seattle is encouraging the practice through its Trick or Street initiative.

Residents who’d like to block off their streets for Halloween can apply for a Trick or Street permit which will close non-arterial streets on October 31st to ensure safe trick-or-treating.

If you’re already living on a Stay Healthy Street, you do not need any additional permits to host trick-or-treating.

Those who decide to host trick or treating will still need to follow the guidelines of Phase Two.

Participants are encouraged to tell their neighbors about the Trick or Street Block so they know when it’s happening and what to expect. You can use these printable fliers to notify neighbors.

In addition to the required street closure signs, each Trick or Street event must also post King County Public Health signs at the entrances on either side of the street closure.

Each Stay Healthy Trick or Street Block should not result in crowding as they are designed for only those who live on the street. The city is asking participants to remain with members of their household, wear cloth face masks, and maintain physical distance from non-household members.

If you have already applied for a Street Use permit for October 31, you do not need to re-apply for a Trick or Street Block. Applications for October 31 must be submitted by 5 pm on Thursday, October 29. You can apply through the Seattle Services Portal.

When applying, you will need to provide the host’s contact information, the time for the closure, and what street you wish to close.

Alyssa TherrienAlyssa Therrien

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