ELK POINT - All the eager Halloween trick-or-treaters in Elk Point and area will be delighted to learn that the annual quest for candy will go ahead as usual, after town council agreed last week to once again follow the traditional hours of 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.
Alberta’s chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw recently told Albertan that “Halloween is certainly not cancelled,” but added, “we need to think how to do it safely.” Alberta Health Services has indicated that it is up to communities to make their own decisions, and like other towns in our area, Elk Point feels this is an opportunity for the youngsters to enjoy this part of their normal activities, many of which have been cancelled or put on hold due to COVID-19.
“The kids have had a lot taken away; let’s make this a fun part of this year,” Coun. Debra McQuinn said. While Halloween is one of her favourite holidays, she understands that this year, not all residents would feel comfortable having the children come to their doors. She suggested those individuals might want to turn off their lights to indicate they would not be participating.
Others, including McQuinn herself, are more than willing to join in the fun, even if gloves and masks are involved. She even asked if a fourth hour could be added, but fellow councillors felt the three-hour time slot was sufficient.