Halloween this year falls on a Saturday, which is always a bonus. A full moon is also expected for Halloween. There's another bonus. But it's also taking place for the first time in the middle of a pandemic? Not such a bonus. This brings us to our poll question: Will You Take Your Kids Trick-or-Treating on Halloween? Please answer below.

Gallatin County Health Officer Matt Kelley told Dave & Ally on Thursday morning that he's less worried about folks taking their kids trick-or-treating than he is the college students and adults partying on Halloween.

For those of you planning on trick-or-treating or handing out candy to others, here's some tips that Matt offered up to keep you and others safe:

  • Go trick-or-treating in smaller groups and respect social distancing.
  • Give those handing out candy room rather than crowding in on them at their door.
  • Don't hand out candy with communal bowls where kids dig in with their hands and touch candy they don't take.
  • If you're not feeling well, don't hand out candy.
  • When you're finished with your trick-or-treating, place the candy in the garage or a safe-spot for 72-hours so that if the virus is on the packaging, it will die off.

Listen to the entire interview below.

What to Do With the Candy You Collect

If you have leftover Halloween candy--you don't want your kids eating all of that candy they get, do you?--donate it to Adopt A Sox. They will gladly take it and send it off to our Montana troops who are currently deployed. You can drop-off your extra candy at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle (2820 West College) or First Security Bank in downtown Bozeman.

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