#childsafetytips | Bridgeport organizes drive-thru trick-or-treat for kids



BRIDGEPORT — As COVID-19 cases begin spiking across the state once more, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim and Health Director Lisa Morrissey wracked their brains and came up with some safer alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating.


“Kids can still get candy, dress up and celebrate Halloween, but we must do it while following the recommended safety protocols,” Ganim said.



Those include, the city said, keeping a facial mask that covers the mouth and nose on at all times. It requires wearing gloves, carrying hand sanitizer, grabbing only pre-packaged treats and keeping a six-foot distance from others.


But rather than taking risks, the pair suggested a number of family-friendly events. These include a hosting a family in-house “Spooky Movie Night,” costume party or costume parade outside. And to sweeten things up, there could even be a family-friendly scavenger hunt.




If the pandemic has kept people locked in and the kids learning remotely ,get out and take a drive around the city, they suggest. Make it a game by spotting the scariest decorated houses or if you’ve got the nerve, drive through one of the area’s Haunted House events. Younger children can have fun just visiting a pumpkin patch with a socially-distant corn maze.



Those who are computer savvy can participate in virtual Halloween events or even host one over a social media platform like Zoom or Microsoft Teams.


“We’re in this thing together, and Bridgeport’s first responders have stepped up yet again, and are hosting a Trick ‘n’ Treat Drive Thru at Beardsley Park — so kids and families will be able to celebrate and enjoy something festive, safely,” Ganim said.



They’re calling it a Trunk ‘N Treat. It’ll take place for Bridgeport residents only at Beardsley Park from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 30.


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