Orange to permit trick-or-treating, with safety rules

  • Children trick-or-treating. The Orange Selectboard is permitting three hours of trick-or-treating on Halloween, provided that certain safety measures are taken. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 10/7/2020 4:23:33 PM

ORANGE — Cloth masks depicting witches or villains from slasher movies will serve two purposes Oct. 31, as the Selectboard has opted to permit three hours of trick-or-treating on Halloween, provided that certain COVID-19 safety measures are taken.

The town has given its blessing for costumed youngsters to go door to door soliciting candy, but they are asked to do so between 5 and 8 p.m.

“We’re urging everyone to take precautions — masks, social distancing, sanitizer,” said Selectboard Vice Chair Jane Peirce. “Right now, we feel we are a COVID-free community, which tells us people are taking (the pandemic) seriously.”

She said Selectboard members reserve the right to change their minds, though they feel it is important to hold as many traditional community events as possible. She said Orange does not have a downtown trick-or-treating event like Greenfield does, though “anything could happen in the next month.”

Selectboard Chair Ryan Mailloux noted he is allowed to buy coffee at a drive-thru or go to a bank, and he saw no reason why the measures taken to make those endeavors safer couldn’t easily be applied to trick-or-treating. He feels students and school staff members were thrown the biggest curveball of all when the pandemic forced aspects of society to shut down, and he is pleased the Selectboard can return “some level of normalcy to the lives of children.”

Mailloux recalled growing up on a dead-end road in Orange and going downtown or to the neighborhood around Ralph C. Mahar Regional School on South Main Street to find houses doling out candy.

“It was such a big part of my childhood, as it is for many,” he said.

Reach Domenic Poli at: or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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