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Is Trick or Treating Happening in Florida this Year?

Tampa Bay Halloween Trick or Treating Times and Alternatives 2020 

Everything these days feels up in the air for most as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter events and holiday plans. With Halloween just two weeks away, many Tampa Bay locals are wondering if trick or treating is happening in Florida this year. While things are still up in the air for many places around Tampa Bay, some towns have confirmed that trick or treating will go on as usual for Halloween 2020.  

We’ve put together some information on Tampa Bay Halloween trick or treating times below along with some alternatives for those passing out candy this year. Continue reading below to get started on your Halloween 2020 plans.  

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New Port Richey, Sarasota, Clearwater, Tampa Bay Trick or Treating Times 

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With the world changing at a constant pace in the last few months, many areas around the Tampa Bay area have not released official information on whether our local cities and towns will host traditional trick or treating. However, some towns, such as Clearwater, have stated that they expect to hold trick or treating like usual this year with suggested safety guidelines in place. At the time of publication, trick-or-treaters can expect to enjoy traditional trick or treating in Clearwater from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on October 31, 2020. Should trick or treating go on as usual around New Port Richey, Sarasota, and other Tampa Bay-area cities and towns you can expect that their times will likely fall around 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. as well.  

Halloween Trick or Treating 2020 Alternatives 

Should Tampa Bay’s Halloween trick or treating happen this year, safety will be more important than ever, and things may look a little different. Not only will things be different for the trick-or-treaters, but it will look different for those passing out candy as well. Our team at Friendly Kia has put together a list of Halloween trick or treating alternatives safety tips to help those looking for a safer way to pass out candy to this year’s trick-or-treaters. 

  • Use tongs to hand out candy from a bag to keep your hands off the candy and the hands of trick-or-treaters out of the candy bowl. 
  • Make individually wrapped goodie bags and line them up on your driveway or along your front walkway. This allows for no face-to-face interaction with trick-or-treaters and lets them get their treats without touching anyone else’s candy bags. 
  • Put out a large table with treats laid on it in individual piles for kids to grab. Refill and sanitize the table as needed throughout the night. 
  • Stand outside along the sidewalk while passing out candy to prevent crowding at the door and repeated touching of the doorbell. 
  • Create a candy chute to send handfuls of candy down to children’s bags and buckets below. Many examples of this have been swirling on social media and, in many cases, those passing out candy dress up an 8- or 10-foot ladder with Halloween décor, stand at the top, and send candy down the chute.  
Black silhouettes of Halloween costumes

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Whether you decide to participate in this year’s trick or treating festivities or opt for an at-home Halloween celebration, the Friendly Kia team wishes you a happy and safe Halloween. If you take part in handing out candy this year let us know if you used any of our Halloween trick or treating alternatives! 

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