ELK POINT - The challenge of celebrating Halloween while keeping children safe is facing significant new obstacles across the nation this year, and here in Elk Point, where no cases have been reported, the community is doing its best to keep it that way.
Costumed students to parade
Elk Point Elementary School has always celebrated Halloween with gusto, and have adapted their 2020 program to fit the current protocols.
Students will still be able to wear their costumes during the afternoon on Friday, Oct 30, and will be show them off in a safe Halloween parade where each class will take their turn to walk to the gym, where they will be recorded by the school’s in-house Tiger News videographer so everyone can see their costumes.
During the final two periods of the afternoon, each class will have time for a party in their classroom, with the stipulation that no candy, treats or food can be brought in by students to share with their classmates.
Saturday’s Trick-or-treating hours remain the same as in previous years, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with families urged to maintain appropriate social distancing from other families as they make their rounds, and both to follow the other protocols, including wearing masks and sanitizing their hands regularly.
Those handing out treats are urged to get creative and think up safe ways to deliver the treats to their little visitors without coming in close contact.
Not all residents will feel safe handing out treats, and it has been suggested that those residents turn off their outdoor lights as an indication that they will not be participating this year.