Chelan-Douglas health officer says trick-or-treating ‘an incredibly bad idea’ this year


The Chelan-Douglas Health District is urging parents not to let their kids go trick-or treating this year.

“It’s an incredibly bad idea to go trick-or-treating in the middle of a pandemic. And that’s hard to hear and it’s just one more thing that’s going to make 2020 a very unique year,” Public Health Officer Dr. Malcom Butler said in the district’s weekly video today.

Butler said people should stay home and focus on family this year, carve pumpkins, make candied apples or spread candy around the house or yard, “just like at Easter.”

“Please do not ask your kids to go house to house to house this year,” Butler said. “It just doesn’t make good sense.”

Sponsored community events are a better alternative to trick-or-treating because those are mostly being held outdoors with special attention to safety, he said.

“I have to tell you, if I was an evil virus and I wanted to design the perfect holiday to make sure that I could spread myself around the community, what I would do is encourage young people with a sweet tooth to go crazy mad on candy, running house to house to house to house passing infection around,” Butler said.