The mayor of Buffalo encourages traditional Halloween decorations or indoor meetings


Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Brown is urging residents of Befalo not to engage in door-to-door deception or treatment.

Buffalo, New York – Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is looking forward to the upcoming holiday season.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Brown is urging residents of Buffalo not to engage in door-to-door deception or treatment, saying it is extremely dangerous during the outbreak. Brown is urging residents not to attend large Halloween gatherings.

In a press statement, the Buffalo Mayor cited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as saying that many traditional Halloween activities could spread viruses, including COVID-19.

“Halloween is an annual celebration in Buffalo, but we must continue to do our best to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Brown said in a statement. Season is very dangerous.

I urge residents to consider alternative Halloween activities and to ensure that everyone continues to take proper care, including regular hand washing, exercise, and attendance at any large gathering. What we are doing now is to strengthen our families, neighbors and community as a city of good neighbors and stay together to fight this deadly virus.

CDC is instead recommending the following safe and low-risk practices:

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with people who live with them
  • Carry or decorate pumpkins outside (at a safe distance) with your neighbors or friends
  • Decorate your living space
  • Halloween scam hunting. Give the children a Halloween-themed look to watch outdoors
  • Host a virtual Halloween costume contest
  • Have a Halloween movie night with your roommates
  • Find a fraudulent hunting technique in your home or at home with your family members

Brown also recommends that churches, community groups, and / or nonprofits contact the Office of Special Events to list their plans for safe and dangerous Halloween activities on this Halloween resource page. The Special Programs Office can be reached at 851-4004 or by email at

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