Owensboro cancels ‘Trail of Treats’ event due to COVID-19

The City of Owensboro’s biggest Halloween event originally scheduled for October 29 2020 in downtown Owensboro was just canceled.

The event normally plays host to over 70 booths set up by local businesses and organizations passing out candy to trick or treaters.

This year organizers said maintaining a safe social distance would not be possible.

“As our community and the State of Kentucky continue the fight against COVID-19, we have decided not to have Trail of Treats this year,” said Tim Ross, Director of Public Events for the City of Owensboro. “The safety of our community is our top priority, and with the massive turnout that happens every year for the annual Halloween event downtown, it is not feasible to keep people spread out enough to maintain safe social distancing.”

Although this year’s event was canceled, City officials said that door-to-door Trick-or-Treating will still be allowed on October 31. They urge all those participating to follow these safety guidelines”

  • general Trick-or-Treating hours are 5:00-8:00 PM
  • do not approach homes with lights turned off
  • limit Trick-or-Treating groups to no more than 10 people
  • distribute pre-packaged treats only (nothing homemade)
  • wear face coverings if 6 ft. social distance cannot be maintained
  • wash/sanitize your hands before eating any treats/candies
  • be courteous to those around you by maintaining at least 6’ social distance