Local organizations host Halloween events

Owen Crews and Izzy Poole
Contributing Writers

Avery student Lily Andrasko celebrates fall by getting a spider face painting at Avery’s 2016 Fall Festival. Halloween will be different this year with restrictions on gatherings and Trick or Treating, but some area businesses are stepping up to provide safe holiday celebrations. Photo by Elise Keller.

If children aren’t able to go Trick or Treating like normal, four local organizations are holding events for children while practicing the necessary safety precautions. 

The Webster Groves Public Library is hosting a Halloween Grab and Go, where the children and their families can drive through and get a bag of candy.

On Oct. 24, from 5-6 p.m. vehicles can drive through the parking lot with their back windows down or their trunks open for a library staff member to come and place the treat while keeping necessary safety precautions. The staff encourages guests to dress in costume or even to decorate their cars for the Grab and Go. They ask for all participants to wear masks to follow the safety guidelines as well.

Boo at the Zoo is still being held this year. For zoo members tickets cost $7.95 (ages 2-12), $8.95 (ages 13+). For non-members tickets cost $8.95 (ages 2-12), $9.95 (ages 13+) and children under age 2 are free. Tickets are sold for a specific time slot, to maintain a safe number of people attending. 

Another precaution the zoo is taking is everyone nine and older are required to wear masks while in the Zoo. The Zoo will hold the same events and activities as previous years and will serve food. It has added a new event, guests are now able to ride the Zooline Railroad during the night. The event will take place from 5:30-8 p.m. from Oct. 16-30.

Another activity for children is the Spooky Selma Swing-By. The Webster Groves Preschool is holding a drive by parade where high school students will be dressed up in costumes, and Selma Avenue will be covered in decorations.  Children and their parents can drive down Selma Avenue in costume and bring new or gently used socks to donate being to a charity. Children will stay in their cars, and it will be a contactless parade. 

Yucandu is hosting a Halloween workshop. The event is for the children, so the parents can drop them off and enjoy a night out. Children will work on crafts, and have popcorn and cider. The event costs $45 per child and is for first through fifth graders.

Yucando has multiple dates to choose from like Oct. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29 from 6:30 through 9 p.m. 

“We are not going to let kids up to our door, and we are not going trick or treating,”  seventh grader Owen O’Neil said.

O’Neil’s family are taking two safety precautions this Halloween. They plan to completely eliminate contact from all strangers. His family decided to not go Trick Or Treating this year unlike other families who plan on going Trick Or Treating and following the necessary safety precautions of social distancing.

“I am going to wear a mask and wear gloves. I am also going to go on shorter routes and not going straight up to doors,” seventh grader Drew Upperman said. 

Upperman’s family chose to go out this Halloween, but while following the safety precautions like wearing a mask, gloves and staying six feet away. Another safety issue the family took into account was going on a shorter route than the usual Trick Or Treating route.

Seventh grader Brayden Fisk said, “I am going to be hanging out with the family that I am quarantined with.” 

This Halloween instead of going out Trick Or Treating like normal Fisk’s family has chosen to spend it with the family that they have been quarantining with. The safety precaution his family chose was to stay completely away from strangers on the street.  

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