Halloween events across the county may take a different form this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Tellico Plains Police Department will host a drive-thru trick-or-treat at the town’s community center.

“The police department will be the sponsor and pass out candy, but we welcome any business or church that wants to do this as well,” said Tellico Police Chief Jeb Brown. “The plan is for the children to stay in the vehicles while the parents drive them around to each station where we will then pass out candy.”

Those who wish to distribute candy along with the police department can sign up by calling city hall.

“If anyone wants to help but doesn’t want to set up a booth, they can make a donation of candy or money for candy at city hall as well,” he noted.

The City of Madisonville’s Downtown Madisonville Association has canceled this year’s Halloween events because of the COVID-19 virus.

“We cancelled because of the virus and for the safety of our families and children because we have thousands of people come into town from all over the county,” said Downtown Madisonville Association President Susan Saunders.

The City of Sweetwater will also not have any Halloween events on Mayes Avenue this year due to the virus.

Though many of the traditional Halloween events will not be performed this year, trick-or-treating can still continue.

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