HENDERSON, KY, October 8, 2020– Halloween is going to look a little different this year because of the need to stay socially distanced as the pandemic has generated a new surge of COVID-19 cases locally.
Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Henderson Parks & Recreation Department has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Halloween Extravaganza that had been planned for Oct. 25 in Newman Park.
“We had groups volunteering to hand out candy and an alternative location and procedures ready for this year’s event,” said Trace Stevens, Parks director, “However, the recently released Halloween recommendations from the Kentucky Department of Public Health classified our event as a higher risk event that they recommend avoiding.
“We are disappointed that we can’t hold the Halloween Extravaganza this year, but we feel we should follow state guidance designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and help try to keep out county safe and healthy,” Stevens added. “We will be planning an alternative event for this year as well and will be looking forward to hosting the 2021 Halloween Extravaganza next year.”
Henderson Rotaract and Downtown Henderson Partnership will not host the annual trick-or-treating of downtown businesses but will instead leave it up to individual merchants and offices as to whether they want to provide candy for costumed youngsters.
DHP will instead offer a free Drive-In Movie on Friday, Oct. 30, in partnership with Henderson Rotary Club.
The movie selected for the special event is “Hocus Pocus.” The Disney film starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker follows a villainous comedic trio of witches who are inadvertently resurrected by a teen-age boy in Salem, Mass., on Halloween night.
It will be shown in the Field & Main Employee Parking Lot on North Main Street. Admission is free, and the parking lot opens at 6:30 p.m., but you need to reserve your tickets at DowntownHenderson.org to make sure you get a spot in the lot.
The City of Henderson is recommending that Halloween trick-or-treating take place from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.
Here are highlights in the guidance for Safe Trick-or-Treating from the state Department for Public Health and Green River District Health Dept.
Trick-or-Treat the Safe Way:
--Place individually wrapped candy outside on the porch, driveway or table.
--Maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from anyone not within your household.
--Always wear a face covering (Halloween masks DO NOT count as a face covering.)
--Clean hands before and after touching the wrapped candy.
--Trick-or-treat in family groups and don’t congregate in large groups.
--Trick-or-treat in your own neighborhood (do not travel to other neighborhoods.)
--Use hand sanitizer often, especially after contacting frequently touched surfaces and before eating anything.
Avoid high-risk activities:
--Traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating.
--Trunk-or-treat events with large groups in parking lots.
--Hayrides or tractor rides.
--Traveling to fall festival in neighboring towns.
--Any event with large crows.
Consider safe alternatives:
--Carve or decorate pumpkins for display.
--Decorate your home or living space.
--Have a virtual Halloween costume contest.
--Watch Halloween movies with the people you live with.
--Have a scavenger hunt for Halloween treats in and around your home.
--Drive-by costume or car decorating contest with judges who are social distancing.