No Halloween mandates to be handed down from Wichita County judge

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Halloween is almost a month away! The CDC has released its guidelines for how people should celebrate the holiday during the pandemic.

Wichita County judge Woody Gossom says he does not plan to hand down any mandates for Halloween. While the CDC considers traditional trick or treating a higher risk activity, Wichita Falls-Wichita County director of public health Lou Kreidler wants everyone to celebrate the holiday as safe as possible.

Trick or treat. Smell my feet, give me something good to eat. While Halloween has been a long time tradition around the world, the pandemic will change how that’s celebrated. With the cdc deeming costume parties, trick or treating and haunted houses as high-risk activities, people will have to find safer ways to celebrate the holiday.

“It’s gonna be up to people,” Gossom said. “We’ve got guidelines out on the operation of businesses then we’ve got people guidelines and they’re not necessarily the same. I really think it all comes down to individual responsibility whether it’s wearing a mask or keeping social distancing.”

“Follow the same guidelines that we’ve been following for quite some time,” Kreidler said. “And remember if you’re planning an event for a large group of children or even a small group of children, if you’re planning any of those types of events think about how you’re going to do that while still maintaining social distancing.”

Some lower-risk activities that the CDC recommends are carving pumpkins outside at a safe distance, having a virtual Halloween costume contest and decorating a home. But even with some lower-risk activities, there is a possibility of an increase in coronavirus cases after this holiday.

“We have to remain vigilant with those things that we’ve been talking about for months so social distancing, wearing masks, hand washing. All of those things are still just as important and now as we head into flu season it’s just important that individuals get vaccinated for seasonal influenza as well,” Kreidler said.

Gossom says no local mandates will be handed down for Halloween but he and Kreidler encourage residents to enjoy the holiday as safely as they can.


The CDC has released its guidelines on celebrating Halloween during the pandemic and Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom said he will not make any mandates for this holiday.

“We’ve got guidelines out on the operation of businesses and we’ve got people guidelines,” Gossom said. “I really think it all comes down to individual responsibility whether it’s wearing a mask or keeping social distancing.”

City of Wichita Falls Director of Communications and marketing Lindsay Barker said, “We are not aware of Judge Gossom issuing anything in regards to Halloween and the city recommends everyone continue to follow the Governor’s guidelines.”

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