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The Halloween fun begins this weekend with the seventh annual Zombie Walk. (Photo by Suzanne Szempruch)

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Trick or treat in Yellow Springs canceled; other activities set

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On Tuesday, Sept. 29, the Village of Yellow Springs announced that it would not set an official Beggars Night date for the village due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Village Manager Josué Salmerón said the decision was made in order to best protect the community.

“While we think it’s important for villagers to partake in celebrations, we cannot endorse a trick-or-treat or Beggars Night in the village because health authorities do not recommend such activities,” Salmerón said.

The Village previously announced that the annual Beggars Night bonfires, which are sponsored by the Village, have been canceled. In addition, Miami Township Fire-Rescue and YS Police Department officers will not drive around the village to pass out candy.

On Sept. 21, the Centers for Disease Control released its guidance related to holidays, noting that traditional trick-or-treating door-to-door was a high risk activity for spreading or contracting COVID-19. A few days prior, Ohio Department of Health guidance urged Ohioans to exercise caution while trick-or-treating, and gave suggestions for ways it could be done more safely. Trick-or-treating, meanwhile, is set for the neighboring communities of Fairborn, Beavercreek and Xenia for Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Drive-thru at new fire station set

Also this week, Miami Township Fire-Rescue Chief Colin Altman announced that MTFR will hold a drive-thru trick or treat event on Saturday, Oct. 31, at the new fire station, located at the corner of Xenia Avenue and East Herman Street. The event will follow all applicable COVID-19 precautions and is being held in collaboration with Village government and the YSPD, as well as with assistance from Jay-Car Construction. Details are still in development; more information will be released about the event in an upcoming issue of the News.

‘Boo basket’ fundraiser launched

B-W Greenways is organizing a community-wide Halloween fundraiser. The nonprofit land trust, which preserves and protects natural areas in the area, will deliver “boo baskets” purchased by local households for the holiday. The baskets will include Halloween-themed decorations, toys and candy and will be available for kids, adults and families. They range in price from $20 to $45, and will be delivered by a “safety ghoul” according to COVID-19 safety precautions.

B-W Greenways will also donate 25 “boo baskets” to village families in need, and will allow villagers to donate additional baskets to community members. The baskets will be available for purchase from the B-W Greenway Facebook page starting on Monday, Oct. 12, and will be delivered Oct. 29, 30 and 31. For more information, visit:

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2 Responses to “Trick or treat in Yellow Springs canceled; other activities set”

  1. Concerned says:

    There’s nothing about Halloween quite as scary as Donald Trump. He is the personification of “with friends like these, who needs enemies.” I couldn’t even sleep after watching the national bullying event and I suggest you run some numbers for the warm lines or mental health care. Those types of antics were the last thing that an injured America needed right now. God help us All!

  2. Spookulele says:

    I will stay home and play spooky songs on my ukulele this year.

    Such as: Werewolves of London; Bad Moon Rising; Monster Mash; Sympathy for the Devil; Ghostbusters; Abracadabra; Love Potion Number 9; and any others I can think of 🙂

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