Neighborhoods make Halloween plans

Natalie Lescher
Contributing Writer

A patch of illuminated pumpkins welcome Halloween revelers to the neighborhood at this Oakwood Avenue home. A lot of neighborhoods have created plans for celebrating the holiday in light of Covid-19 concerns. Photo by Donald Johnson

Halloween in Covid time seems to be a time where people decide with their neighbors a routine. Going around to random people’s houses for candy is a lot of contact and against safety recommendations with regards to Covid.

The Barbre Court neighborhood plan for the street is to just have candy on the doorstep and make no contact.

Connie Withermore said, “I have a daughter, age nine, with bad breathing problems and asthma. It would be much appreciated if there’s a reached agreement that there is no contact, and Meghan (the daughter) doesn’t miss out on how everyone else is celebrating the holiday. Everyone in the neighborhood decided they cared most about the safety of the children. This year’s Halloween seems to be the neighborhood’s planning this holiday out by themselves and keeping it small.”

The neighborhood of St. James, close to Blackburn Park, made a plan as well.

Maddie Linhares said, “It’s a pretty big neighborhood with a lot of kids, so it took a lot of communication with the parents on Facebook to get it right. The south side of the neighborhood is going to the Blackburn parking lots and doing a 6 feet apart Trunk Or Treat in their cars. The north side of the neighborhood is trick or treating but the candy bowls are left outside.”

Hair-dresser Sam Chalfant said, “Halloween shouldn’t be celebrated this year. A lot of people complain about wearing masks and corona being a thing, but if we don’t suck it up and just miss out this year, corona isn’t going to go away. Being smart is better than having fun, especially in an epidemic like this. I suggest caution is used on Halloween more than what your child wants.”

One of Chalfant’s clients added, “This year’s Halloween will be very unpredictable. We are all so new at living life like this it’s hard to comprehend whether it is safe or not when children are out going to people’s houses of unknown situations.”

Lastly, Jackie Freeman, who lives on Mason Aveune, said, “I’m not sure what the neighborhood is planning, but I am not letting the children in my house out for it. I am planning on doing my own fun new tradition in my house until COVID has resolved. This year I will hide bags of candy in my house with a treasure hunt to find it so the kids can still enjoy this holiday. I am not risking my husband with the heart condition he has to get COVID because of the other people in the neighborhood.”


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