Halloween 2020 adapts to COVID-19

Change is downright scary this Halloween, but area residents are adapting the holiday to the times. People are adapting door to door trick-or-treating or changing to outdoor celebrations and virtual events.

"I'm planning to let the candy sit a few days before eating it," said Pocopson resident Nicole Henwood about her trick or treat plans with her children, "or I'm going to hose it down if they want some early."

Other neighbors are planning smaller events, socializing with a limited circle of friends, and hosting events like pumpkin carves, piñata and scavenger hunts. Support of trick or treating ranges from traditional to homeowners leaving treats on the porch or at the end of the driveway. A few are making DIY candy delivery tubes to maintain social distancing.

Thornbury Farm Market & CSA is hosting a Family Halloween Day on Oct 31 from 11 am to 3 pm. The outdoor event features live music from Zed X, Natale's Food truck, and pumpkin decorating.

Jude Spackman displays his handiwork at last year's Halloween event at Thornbury Farm CSA.

"Everyone will be masked and the kids can come dressed up if they want," said Randell Spackman, owner of Thornbury Farms and President of the Chadds Ford Historical Society, which is also part of the day. "Sandi Johnson will be here baking bread for sale and Michael Carver will be sharing insights on Colonial Spies."

Virtual events are also popular this season, like Brandywine River Museum of Art's "Creepy Tales from the Vault: Virtual Lecture" on Oct 28 and their "Virtual Children's Read-Aloud" on Oct 29. Or make your own virtual Halloween with Mozilla Hubs. The link provides directions on how to set up a virtual Halloween Party to share with friends.

People are making Halloween work this year, virtually, in small groups, outdoors, and using social distancing. As Spackman said, "We're reinventing the wheel because 2020 doesn't work anymore for a wheel. We need safe, happy family fun because mental health is as good as good vegetable health."

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About Karen Myers

Karen Myers lives in Pocopson Township and has written for several local publications. A strong supporter of our community, Karen has served on several non-profit boards, such as Pocopson Elementary PTO, The United Way of Southern Chester County, Chester County Art Association and Tick Tock Early Learning Center. She received her M.B.A. from the University of Delaware and worked in marketing and operations with a focus on banking.

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