Woodstock council will support the decision of the province regarding trick or treating protocols this year. Or, without COVID-19 directives from the province, the town will leave decisions in the hands of parents and town residents handing out treats at the door.
After calling on each council member to voice their viewpoints, Mayor Art Slipp said council would not issue an opinion of its own.
Three council members, citing the climbing COVID-19 numbers and the lack of vaccination for children under 12, suggested area families should keep trick-or-treating to a minimum.
Deputy Mayor Amy Anderson and Councillors Randy Leonard and Jeff Bradbury expressed concerns about children wandering the neighbourhood and knocking on neighbours' doors.
"I think we should encourage people to limit their contacts," said Anderson.
Councillors Trina Jones, Mark Rogers and Norm Brown said the town should leave those decisions in the hands of parents and town residents.
"Or let the province decide," said Jones.
Rogers and Brown both noted children are already together in schools, and most would be trick-or-treating with the same friends.
"Let the parents or homeowners answering the doors decide," said Rogers.
Following the discussion, council unanimously approved the Woodstock Rotary Club application to hold a drive-through Halloween event similar to the one the club hosted last year.
Bradbury, a Rotary member, said last year's event proved a great success.
He suggested the town deliver a similar message to last year's discouraging door-to-door Halloween traffic and direct them to the drive-through event.
The Rotary will hold the Halloween event Saturday, Oct. 30, at the AYR Motor Centre
Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun