Trick-or-treat nights a go for some area communities

Colt Phillips, 2, dressed as Superman while trick-or-treating past Carol Hauser's house on Franklin St. in Middletown, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
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Colt Phillips, 2, dressed as Superman while trick-or-treating past Carol Hauser's house on Franklin St. in Middletown, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Credit: Greg Lynch

Credit: Greg Lynch

No area communities have cancelled trick-or-treat nights planned for Halloween, but it could come down to guidance from the Ohio Department of Health.

Some communities have cancelled highly anticipated parties like the Fairborn Halloween festival and the Halloween parade in Vandalia to do their part in slowing the spread of the virus.

Others said they are awaiting guidance from the Ohio Department of Health before they make a decision on trick-or-treat nights for children.

“We don’t have any specific guidance because we are waiting for them (Ohio) to determine what they’re going to determine. If they say that it’s okay, they probably will have some rules associated with it so we’re waiting to see what those are before we can say anything," said Public Health of Dayton and Montgomery County spokesperson Dan Suffoletto.

A majority of people polled in a Dayton Daily News online survey said they plan to take their children trick-or-treating and most said they will have treats available at their home.

Huber Heights city manager Rob Schommer said it isn’t up to government to determine if neighborhoods can participate and encourages residents to do so to bring a sense of normalcy. "As far as we’re concerned as a city there’s nothing we are going to do to prohibit them from trick-or-treating.”

While Xenia hasn’t made a definitive decision, city council president Wesley Smith said that kids have suffered enough this year and hopes the city will host trick-or-treating.

Miamisburg, Clayton and Lebanon have also decided to continue with the holiday as scheduled.

Areas including Trotwood, Miami Township, Vandalia, Englewood, Moraine, Springboro, and Xenia have yet to make a decision on whether or not they will allow trick-or-treating.