TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Tupelo residents are finding creative ways in attempts to stay safe while they trick-or-treat.
One such way is to hold parades in individual neighborhoods.
“Some neighborhoods get a parade permit during Halloween so they can have their own event,” Mayor Jason Shelton said.
He said residents usually get permits to protect children from cars while they trick-or-treat.
To stay safe during the pandemic, many residents believe the permits will help limit the number of people who come into their neighborhoods.
However, Shelton said there is a misconception.
Permits can prevent cars from entering an area that is blocked off. But it cannot stop non-residents from walking through.
“There’s no such thing as a closed or private event that involves city streets.”
Still, event organizers hope a permit can help slow down any possible spread of the coronavirus.
Organizers even made vehicle passes so volunteers at their neighborhood's gate know who is allowed to drive through.
Shelton said he doesn’t believe it's safe to trick-or-treat, but he hopes parents and children wear their masks, social distance, and wash their hands.
The City of Tupelo is not prohibiting trick-or-treating this year.