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Posted on: October 15, 2020

HALLOWEEN 2020 IN BENSON CLARIFICATION

HALLOWEEN 2020 IN BENSON CLARIFICATION
This year, the Town of Benson will not be hosting nor endorsing any kind of public gathering relating to Halloween. 
After much discussion on the topic, we ultimately decided to cancel Hallofest this year — our annual downtown trunk-or-treat event — due to the large number of people it draws and the potential of spreading COVID-19 in our community. 
As mentioned several times in relation to events throughout the year, the Town’s main priority is and will always be the safety of our residents — this was the driving factor in deciding to cancel all Town-sanctioned Halloween plans for this year. 
However, we love Halloween here in Benson and we know our residents do too — that’s why we decided to host a pumpkin carving/decorating contest. We’re super excited to see what y’all come up with! Learn more about the pumpkin contest here: https://www.facebook.com/482482405133295/videos/385427519535710/
We have also been getting questions about trick-or-treating and other Halloween events. Private trick-or-treating — what you do in your own neighborhood with your own neighbors — is completely at your discretion. We recommend following the CDC guidelines about Halloween, you can find those here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/halloween.html?fbclid=IwAR1gjHBBZ1fiBnrExnUBhvEddzw-s5_a9uGi1gmR4js3ilMTMb5__v_aHwg
Benson typically has a trick-or-treating curfew of around 5pm to 8pm, and while the Town is not endorsing the activity this year, it is still recommended that the public abide by these standard time limits for safety reasons. 
If you are searching for local alternatives to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating, we recommended contacting your school or church — there are some trunk-or-treat events being planned in the Benson area.

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