The pandemic has many people wondering what Halloween will look like this year, and Mayor Neeley has some answers for Flint residents.

Mayor Neeley and his wife, State Rep Cynthia Neeley, announced their annual Harvest Festival plans for the city. The plans include many small events around the city, along with guidelines for citywide trick or treating on Halloween. The announcement came on Mayor Neeley's Facebook page this week.

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According to his press release, Mayor Neeley plans on Flint having public trick or treating on Halloween night. The public trick or treating time will be from 4:30p to 7p on Halloween night. This is the first time in a while that Halloween has not fallen on a school night, so I'm glad most cities are letting residents trick or treat.

There will be many events throughout the city on Halloween as well if families do not feel safe going from house to house. They are listed below.

  • 5:30-7 p.m. at Berston Field House, 3300 N. Saginaw St., with state Rep. Cynthia Neeley and Commissioner Bryant Nolden.
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Latinx, 2101 Lewis St.
  • 4:30-6 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist, 1309 N. Ballenger Highway.
  • 4:30-6 p.m. at Flint Development Center, 4121 ML

The CDC did release very specific guidelines for trick or treating during the pandemic, and most cities are asking that residents follow the guidelines.

Trick or treating is broken into two categories on the CDC site, with traditional, door to door, trick or treating being listed as high risk. The do give trick or treating guidance that lowers the risk to moderate on their site. Some of the suggestions are prepackaged goodie bags placed at the end of the driveway to encourage social distancing.

You can see the complete list of CDC guidelines for Halloween here.