The COVID-19 numbers for Rye Brook have been steadily increasing over the past few weeks. On the surface it seems very concerning, but the increase in positive cases is largely related to college-aged Rye Brook residents who are away at college, are testing positive for COVID-19 at their schools, and most importantly, recovering at their respective schools. Those positive tests are being reported to the NYS Department of Health by other states, which impacts the Village’s COVID numbers. Unfortunately, participating in traditional trick-or-treating or “trunk-or-treating” are both identified by the CDC as “high-risk”. In the Village of Rye Brook, we are not banning trick or treat activities, but unless trick-or-treating or ‘trunk-or-treating’ events are specifically prohibited by NYS, we will be asking individual families to decide what is best for them and their children. The Village is monitoring COVID cases in the Village carefully and an update will be provided should things change.
How will trick or treaters know whether I am participating in trick or treating?
The Village of Rye Brook is seeking to reduce the risk of trick-or-treating by setting up a program whereby parents and trick-or-treaters will know whether or not a house is participating in trick-or-treating. We have created signs for residents to use indicating whether or not they will be participating. Please print the page and tape it on your front door or window near the door:
Click here if you will be handing out Halloween candy.
Click here if you will not be handing out Halloween candy.
If you plan on handing out Halloween candy:
Instead of placing treats directly in the bags of trick-or-treaters or filling communal bowls that multiple hands reach into, individually packaged candy should be arranged in a way that they can be easily grabbed without multiple pieces being touched. You may want to consider sitting outside your house and line up individually prepacked treat bags for families to take (please don’t forget to wear your own mask and regularly wash or sanitize your hands!).
Suggestions for parents accompanying our young trick-or treaters:
- Please avoid large groups or clustering at doorsteps or anywhere else.
- If possible, trick-or-treat with family members or those living in your household.
- Please carry small bottles of hand sanitizer and sanitize children’s hands frequently.
- Consider trick or treating during daylight hours or no later than dusk.
- Wear a protective cloth or mask that covers your nose and mouth. Most costume masks do not provide the necessary amount of protection.
- Do not wear a costume mask over a protective mask especially if the costume mask makes it difficult to breathe.
- Maintain a six-foot distance from any other groups of trick or treaters.
- You may want to wipe-down the treats or let them sit for a couple days before giving them to your child.
Looking for other ways to celebrate Halloween?
Drive-in Movie on Friday, October 30th:
Rye Brook Recreation is pleased to announce another drive-in movie is scheduled for Friday, October 30th at 7:00p.m. at the Kingsbrook Office Park (formerly Reckson), 1100 King Street. They will be showing the movie “Ghostbusters” (original version). The cost to attend will be $10 per vehicle and pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Rye Brook Recreation at (914) 939-3235 or you can register online here.
Results from Our Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Contest!
Ratner Family Pumpkin Sileo Family Pumpkin
DeLeo Family Pumpkin Gerardi Family Pumpkin (Winner!)
DeBari Family Pumpkin (Winner) Coffey Family Pumpkin
Benoit Family Pumpkins
Stone Family Pumpkins Sundheim Family Pumpkin
Results Halloween House Decorating Contest!
Churchill Road (Most Creative Winner)
Country Ridge Drive (Scariest House Winner)
Hillcrest Ave (Scariest House Winner)
Red Roof Drive
Dorchester Drive (Most Creative Winner)
NYS Halloween Guidance:
CDC Halloween Guidance: