Oriskany trustees voter to approve three-hour window for trick-or-treating

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ORISKANY — Oriskany Village Board of Trustees decided at its October meeting to proceed with regular local trick-or-treat hours for Halloween this year on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Trick-or-treating will be from 5-8 p.m. within the village. This is subject to change if the township, county, or state issue their own COVID-19 guidelines, according to the announcement by village officials.

Social distancing guidelines and pandemic precautions should be observed by all participants. All are asked to respect a “no light, no knock” policy for residents who may be uncomfortable or unable to participate this year.

The trick-or-treat tradition was scuttled in most areas last year as a result of the pandemic.

Trick-or-treating — the time honored tradition of dressing up in costume and then setting off on Halloween night to demand treats of neighbors — has been a custom in the United States for more than a century. Although historians say its exact origins are uncertain, the practice of trick-or-treating can be found in ancient Celtic festivals, early Roman Catholic holidays and even some medieval practices.

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