How COVID changes Halloween
Last updated 10/14/2020 at 10:12am
Should I stay or should I go? It's more than the title of an '80s song by The Clash. These days, it's the theme of parents wondering what to do about trick-or-treating on Halloween.
With COVID-19 still at the forefront of everyone's minds, some people are opting to play it safe and stay home with their children. Government agencies are urging those who celebrate the holiday to be extra cautious if they insist on participating in the usual activities. (See article below with more tips.)
But many people are saying that they will go all-out for Halloween this year, whether it's trick-or-treating or inviting area residents to stop by their home for a Spooktacular display and candy giveaways. If this year's July 4th celebrations were any indication, a lot of people in this region will be partying it up on Oct. 31 – regardless of what mandates may come from the state.
"We will be trick-or-treating; the governor can kick rocks," said one resident in the Cross Creek neighborhood.
Scott Townsend, a resident of Ithaca Street, is one of several individuals who have announced "full-size candy bars" and beverages for both kids and adults on Halloween night.
For those on the Nextdoor app, a social media program that connects residents in specific neighborhoods, finding Halloween hot spots is a bit easier. The site already has hundreds of comments from people throughout the Fountain Valley area about houses that will be participating with decorations or candy. Nextdoor also has a Treat Map for the month of October where residents can pin their address to show if they have decorations. This year, however, they do not have the option to denote candy or teal pumpkins for allergy-free treats; instead the app is focusing on décor.
Some who are opting to hand out candy are doing so in a non-traditional manner, such as placing decorated PVC pipes from their front door down the front steps so trick-or-treaters can keep their distance, or providing single-serve baggies in a big bucket or cauldron for children to grab without ringing the doorbell.
Katherine Bower said her household is celebrating Halloween as always, but this year their home on Arvol Circle will have a "haunted path" in the backyard; candy will be handed out with a "claw."
Some are staying home with their families to avoid any possibility of illness. Parties, movie marathons and crafts are among the activities they may conduct.
Outdoor community events
Juli Henry, a resident of the Glen at Widefield, is helping to plan a parade in her neighborhood on Halloween morning. She said a handful of people have committed to participating already, but she is still getting the word out about this socially-distanced event.
"I thought of having the parade to do something fun for the communities, not only the Glen," she said. "We could still use a lot more people to be in the parade. Businesses are also welcome as well.
With everyone having to pretty much stay home, travel being limited and not much family-oriented open, we need something fun."
They are also looking for a couple people willing to volunteer to do face painting for the kids. The parade lineup starts forming at 9 a.m., with the parade underway at 10. There will be a couple of food trucks as well.
The parade will start on the south side of Autumn Glen, go up Wayfarer and around Mesa Ridge Parkway back to Autumn Glen. Henry said there will be candy for spectators, and all are welcome to attend.
There are some community events happening this year. In Fountain, the city's annual Trunk or Treat has been modified and moved to Metcalfe Park. Instead of trick-or-treaters visiting booth after booth on foot around City Hall, the festivities on Oct. 30 will involve driving through Metcalfe Park to view spooky displays along a route. Upon entering the park, each child will be given a bag of candy to enjoy while viewing the decorations. Families will stay in their vehicles for the duration of the drive-through. The name for this year's event is Fountain Fright Night, and it's scheduled from 6-8 p.m.
This Saturday, Oct. 17, TREA Chapter 1 (The Enlisted Association) and Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association CO 3-7 are holding a trunk or treat at 3065 S. Academy Blvd., from 3-6 p.m. The event will include vendors, games and activities for kids of all ages. Cars, trucks and motorcycles will compete for best decoration honors, and kids will vote for their favorites.
NOTE: Check out What's Happening section on p. 6 for more activities.