The City of Whitesburg will put a computer-age twist on an ancient holiday this Halloween.
In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the city will use the Internet to arrange trick-or-treat in reverse, with treats being delivered rather than little ghouls and goblins knocking on doors.
The Whitesburg City Council met in-person Tuesday for the first time since the pandemic began to discuss what to do about Safe Night. Officials decided that as much as they would like to accommodate the hundreds of trick-or-treaters that come to the city every year, the danger of spreading the highly contagious coronavirus is just too great.
Councilman Mike Jackson moved that the city use its social media sites, including its Facebook page, website, and e-mail, and allow Whitesburg residents to register, and enter their address and the number of children in their family.
Then on Friday, October 30, Whitesburg Police officers will drop off treat bags to the families who have registered during their regular patrols through the city. Jackson’s motion passed three to one, with only Councilman
John Pellegrini, a retired surgeon, voting no. Pellegrini said he usually enjoys the trick-or-treat in Whitesburg, but said the incidence of COVID-19 cases in the county is getting worse on a daily basis and he does not believe it will be a good idea to expose the city police officers unnecessarily.
Mayor James Wiley Craft introduced the discussion by saying he could arbitrarily set a policy, but in the interest of democracy, he wanted the council to take part in the decision. Further information will be on the city’s Facebook page and website.