Local Towns Plan Halloween Events
Saturday is Halloween, and while local authorities aren't encouraging house-to-house trick-or-treating due to the pandemic, there's no outright prohibition against the tradition. Health officials urge people to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols for the holiday, which include general precautions such as wearing face masks (not just costume masks, which provide no protection) and using hand sanitizer. Homeowners should give out treats outdoors, set up a station with individual bagged treats for kids to take, and avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters. More detailed recommendations can be found at cdc.gov.
A number of Halloween events are planned in local towns. Here's a guide.
There was talk of town-sponsored Halloween event, but that did not materialize. The well-known “Halloween neighborhood” at Elkanah Street will be open to trick-or-treaters, but homeowner participation will be limited, as will candy. Neighbors ask that only town residents and Monomoy students participate. Police will be on hand to direct traffic, and there will be a one-way traffic pattern in and out of the neighborhood for trick-or-treaters.
“Halloween at the Batwood” will be held Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. at – where else? – the Atwood House Museum on Stage Harbor Road. Sponsored by the Chatham Historical Society, the free event require registration in advance for hour-long time slots during which costumed children can trick-or-treat around the museum's 12 galleries and grounds. All visitors must wear face masks, social distance from those not in their party and feel well during their visit. To register, visit www.chathamhistoricalsociety.org.
The Eldredge Public Library hosts a Halloween Storywalk on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the Main Street library. The socially-distanced walk will include Halloween treat and fun for the whole family. Costumes are optional, but masks are not.
Christmas Joy in South Chatham will host a “safe trick-or-treating” event at the 2624 Main St. shop, where Santa will hand out bags of candy and accept Christmas lists from children. The drive-through happens on Halloween day from 3 to 6 p.m.
A drive-through Halloween party will be held at the community center Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. Remain in the car and collect a bag of candy. Dress up in Halloween costumes and follow directional signs in the parking lot. Pre-packaged goodies are limited to one per child.
The Monomoy High School Class of 2024 will sponsor drive-through trick-or-treating on Halloween day from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Kids of all ages are welcome; masks are required. Drive around the school and collect candy from students and teachers, who will be dressed in costume. Donations of candy are being accepted at the entrance to the Oak Street school. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There's something lurking in the trees in downtown Orleans. The chamber of commerce is sponsoring “The Trees Are Alive,” a scavenger hunt for kids, through Oct. 31. Prowl downtown to find 12 pairs of eyes hidden in various places; list where they are and email the list to the chamber at email@example.com. Include your name, address and phone number and you could win cool prizes.
With this year's challenges, Orleans police decided to deliver candy right to residents. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, include your Orleans address and how many ghouls and ghosts live at the house. They will deliver Halloween afternoon, following town meeting. All candy will be store-bought with factory packaging; check the labels to ensure your ghost, ghoul or goblin can consume the contents.
In 2019, each American household spent an average of $86.27 on Halloween candy. The Sampson Fund For Veterinary Care has been given a generous challenge offer: For every donation of $86.27 (or whatever amount would have spent on Halloween candy) that is made to The Sampson Fund up to Nov. 10, a “Good Witch” will match those donations up to $1,500. Checks can be made payable to The Sampson Fund can be mailed to P.O. Box 1756, Orleans, MA 02653 or made online at www.sampsonfund.org. Since 1986 The Sampson Fund For Veterinary Care has provided financial assistance for veterinary care for critically ill or injured dogs and cats on Cape Cod and the Islands when owners cannot afford treatment.
The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, the Brewster Chamber of Commerce and Crocker Nurseries will present “Halloween Treat Trail” on Halloween Saturday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Route 6A museum. On a safe, socially distanced walk through the museum to the Pumpkin Patch Wear collect pre-packaged edible treats, craft bags to go, and Halloween toys. Wear a costume and a COVID-19 safe mask. Admission is $25 per timed ticket for your own group of up to six people per time slot. An adult must be present in each group. No strollers please (COVID-19 regulations). Purchase a ticket online at ccmnh.org. For more information, call the museum at 508-896-3867.