No Street Dance this year, but trick or treat is planned

Kent Weeklies
The Tallmadge Recreation Center was filled with people of all ages in costumes at last year's Halloween Street Dance. The COVID-19 pandemic  has resulted in the cancellation of this year's event.

Last year the inclement weather moved the traditionally outside Halloween Street Dance inside to the Tallmadge Recreation Center.

This year, the city will not host the street dance due to the COVID-19 pandemic but is planning trick or treat and a family event that will meet social distancing requirements.

The city is working with Summit County Public Health on the details for a Halloween program but it has not yet released information for Trick or Treat, which will be on Oct. 29 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Official guidance from the local and state health departments is expected to be released.

Traditionally, Beggar’s Night (traditional “Trick or Treat”) is held on the last Thursday of October from 5:30 to 7 p.m.. 

It's then followed by the Halloween Street Dance in the Recreation Center’s parking lot from 7 to 9 p.m. This annual Street Party includes hot dogs, doughnuts, cider, coffee and cocoa, a DJ, dancing and a costume contest. It is a night of family fun and it’s free.

This year, the city plans to have a drive-in family-friendly movie for Halloween night at the high school parking lot with a movie theater screen where everyone stays in their cars and uses a radio station for the sound. More details will be released at a later date.

While waiting for the health department's guidance on trick or treat, the city is offering some tips for a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat:

  • Plan to go door-to-door and/or hand out treats only with members of your household
  • Remember to wear a mask 
  • Wash/sanitize your hands regularly,
  • Practice social distancing
  • Do not participate if you or a member of your household are sick