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Citing pandemic, Harrisburg bags traditional trick-or-treat, offers alternative plan

Children gather candy at a past trick-or-treat in Olde Uptown in Harrisburg.

Harrisburg neighborhoods may look more like a ghost town come trick-or-treat night in the city.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse announced on Friday that, to comply with U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, there will not be traditional trick-or-treating sanctioned by the city. Instead, locations throughout Harrisburg will hand out grab-and-go bags of candy.

“There will still be an opportunity to come out and get some candy safely,” he said. “Like many things, we are adapting and changing and trying to keep everybody safe.”

From 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 29, families can pick up sweets at one of Harrisburg’s three firehouses. There is one Uptown at 1820 N. 6th St. and two in Allison Hill at 140 N. 16th St. and 9 S. 13th St.

Papenfuse said the city is looking for additional locations to include in the candy giveaways.

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