Plover firefighters hand out candy in the parking lot of the Plover library in 2019. (Metro Wire photo)

Plover follows suit, discourages trick-or-treat

By Brandi Makuski

Plover will follow the city of Stevens Point this Halloween by not recommending trick-or-treating activities this year. 

Plover Police Chief Dan Ault said the village of Plover had internal conversations in late September discussing the issue but wanted to get board approval before making the announcement. The board approved not setting trick-or-treating hours during its Oct. 7 meeting.

“It wouldn’t make much sense for us to not follow suit with the city,” said Village Administrator Dan Mahoney. 

The village’s decision follows current CDC guidelines, which also discourages similar activities like truck-or-treat, hay or tractor rides, and haunted houses. 

“I realize that some of our residents will be disappointed,” said Village President Tom Davies. “But regardless of personal feelings or political views, it is extremely important that we follow the advice of the CDC and our health care professional so that we keep our children as safe as possible.”

Ault said village police do not plan to stop safe Halloween activities.

The village encourages residents to decorate their homes and yards, hold virtual costume contests, or a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treating event for their family members at home.