CHENANGO COUNTY — The 2021 Halloween weekend in Chenango County will be jam-packed with activities for both children and adults alike.
On Saturday, October 30, Chenango County residents can enjoy the final Saturday in the Park with Chobani event of the season, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in West Park. Happening concurrently is the first ever Norwitch Fall Festival, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in East Park.
Also occurring in that time frame is the annual YMCA Halloween Parade, which will begin at 11 a.m. Following the parade, participants are invited to gather in West Park for the awards ceremony and door prize raffle.
The day will wrap up with Trunk or Treat in the Frontier parking lot, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Halloween day, on Sunday, October 31, is trick or treating day for several municipalities in Chenango County.
Following is a list of trick or treating times: City of Norwich, 5:30 to 8 p.m.; Village of Afton, 5 to 7 p.m.; Village of Bainbridge, 4 to 8 p.m.; Town of Edmeston, 4 to 6 p.m.; Village of Greene, 5 to 8 p.m.; Village of New Berlin, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and the Village of Oxford, 5 to 8 p.m.
The City of Norwich Police Department has some helpful tips to keep residents safe during trick or treating:
All costumes, wigs, and accessories should be fire-resistant.
Inspect any treats before anyone is allowed to eat them.
Keep on the sidewalk and don’t walk in the street, except to cross. Avoid backyards, shortcuts and alleys.
Trick or Treat in groups and not alone.
Don’t accept rides from strangers.
Keep pets inside in a safe room to minimize the animals reaction to trick or treaters.
Motorists should drive slowly, yield to pedestrians crossing the street, and be aware of pedestrians darting out from parked vehicles.
Give children a curfew and a route to travel if they are allowed to trick or treat by themselves.
Carry a flashlight or glow stick to help motorists see you in the hours of darkness.