Children attending Stepping Stones Preschool in Mansfield, PA took part in a COVID-19 safe trick-or-treating experience courtesy of several members of the Chamber of Commerce.
“This is a strange year and it is questionable how many parents will actually be bringing their kids out this Halloween,” said Mansfield Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Hull. “This event allows this group of children an opportunity to show off their costumes and fill-up their candy bags in a safe environment.
The Tioga County Housing Authority’s Central Office building parking lot located at Dorsett Heights served as a perfect venue to allow candy to be given out safely. Children from Stepping Stones were escorted to the lot on foot by the Mansfield Municipal Police Department. Once there, the Authority and several community businesses and Chamber members including Mansfield Embroidery, Perkins Restaurant, First Citizens and Northwest Savings Banks provided treats while social distancing, wearing masks, and gloves.
“In years past we have really enjoyed hosting the kids at Halloween but this year COVID-19 has challenged us all to be a little more creative,” said the Authority’s Executive Director, Sean Sember. “The kids are all very excited and we are excited to have so many members of the community join us to make this a special day.”