Yellow Springs cancels trick-or-treat, fire department plans different event

Yellow Springs cancels trick-or-treat, fire department plans different event

YELLOW SPRINGS — Yellow Springs has announced the cancellation of trick-or treat and annual bonfire events, however the fire department has announced it will hold a drive-thru event instead.

“Out of concern, not just for the well-being of our staff, but of our residents, we’ve cancelled those activities," said Josue Salmeron, village manager. "“We’re not in a position to endorse Halloween activities in general.”

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Salmeron discussed the announcement during a virtual town hall meeting, where he also announced the village has one active COVID-19 case as of Wednesday.

In addition, the village manager said the fire and police departments will not travel through the village to pass out candy to families, however the Miami Twp. Fire Chief said his department will hold a different event to celebrate Halloween.

“The CDC has come out with guidelines stating that traditional trick or treating this season is probably not the safest thing," Fire Chief Colin Altman said.

Instead, the department will hold a drive-thru candy event at the township’s new fire station in the 100 block of East Herman Street. Details on the event will be announced later in the month.

“It’ll be fun, quick, but safe, and you’ll still get candy," Altman said.

West Manchester in Preble County also has announced it plans to cancel its trick-or-treat.