Halloween

The city of Pittsfield is asking trick-or-treaters to not go door to door this year due to health concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. 

Stay home, trick-or-treaters. 

That's the message from Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, who Wednesday morning announced that the city will not be hosting its annual Halloween parade. She also discouraged residents from trick-or-treating and recommended participating in safe, low-risk festivities. 

“The gains we have made as a community are a reflection of our consistent and shared commitment to keep ourselves and those around us safe. For this reason, we are strongly urging residents not to participate in trick-or-treat. Despite the risks, we understand that there will be residents and families who choose to participate in trick-or-treat,” Tyer said in a news release. “For those who wish to carry on with this Halloween tradition, we are recommending a number of safety measures to minimize the risk to both themselves and to those around them.”

Those measures include maintaining at least six feet of social distancing, avoiding crowds and activities with non-household members, wearing a face mask and washing your hands. 

Trick-or-treating hours in Pittsfield will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. Those who don't wish to participate should turn off their porch light. 

The city is also offering plenty of safe ways to enjoy Halloween. "City residents are invited to enter the city’s virtual Halloween contests which includes three themes: Pumpkin Carving, Costumes, and Exterior Home Decorations, with selected categories for both adults and children," the release said. "Submissions for each contest will be accepted now through Sunday, Oct. 25. Each winner will receive a cash prize and will be featured on the Pittsfield Parks and Recreation Facebook page on Friday, Oct. 30."

For more information and contest rules, visit the Parks and Recreation page at cityofpittsfield.org.

This story will be updated.