COVID-19 Changes up Halloween Traditions
Halloween will look different this year for many residents across the northwest metro. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending families to stay six feet away from people who don’t live in your household. Masks and washing hands are also highly recommended.
Princess Party Pals
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many Halloween events switched over to virtual including Princess Party Pals. Princess Party Pals is a children’s entertainment company based in Plymouth. Nicole Fenstad, the owner, said she turned her basement into a studio for virtual events.
“We are a very in-person, seeing kids, hugging, having fun and it’s tough to find that balance of bringing that magic, but doing it in a safe way,” said Fenstad.
Fenstad will be performing at a Halloween event held at the Mad Hatter in Anoka. She’ll also be hosting a virtual Halloween event next Friday revolved around Wanda the Witch.
Cross Winds Church Trunk-or-Treat Event
Cross Winds United Methodist Church in Maple Grove will still put on its 7th annual Trunk-or-Treat Halloween event on Oct. 31 from 3-5 p.m., however it’ll be a drive-through this year.
“The (car) trunks are decorated and kids usually walk trunk to trunk to get their treats from there,” explained Associate Pastor Rachel Devereaux.
Devereaux expects between 30-60 car trunks to participate. She said typically the event draws in 400-500 people. She added the event also focuses on helping those in need by handing out vouchers for food.
“It’s an outreach for us to hear if our community has any needs, since we’re not able to meet together” said Devereaux. “It’s a space for them to come to and be safe.”
From treats to magical fairy tales, it’s clear now that Halloween can be a little less spooky and a little more about giving.
“I think everyone has so much fatigue right now with what’s going on. I think more than ever, we need that little bit of magic,” said Fenstad.