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COVID Halloween: A Change In Plans

The weather is getting colder, leaves are changing colors, and Spirit Halloween is back in business. After months of quarantine and fear of COVID-19, Halloween will give us something else to be scared of. Yes, it will be different from our childhood years of trick-or-treating and school carnivals, but how different? CB religion teacher Mrs. […]

The weather is getting colder, leaves are changing colors, and Spirit Halloween is back in business. After months of quarantine and fear of COVID-19, Halloween will give us something else to be scared of. Yes, it will be different from our childhood years of trick-or-treating and school carnivals, but how different?

CB religion teacher Mrs. Mary Alice Spinelli has two young daughters bummed about no trick-or-treating, but she has her own plan to bring Halloween — quite literally — close to home. 

“You want them to have fun and they’re really looking forward to it, but I’m the mean one who has to say no,” she explains remorsefully.

CB history teacher Mr. Michael Hood faces the same dilemma. This year, his wife and kids had to cancel their yearly Halloween get-together, replacing it with a much smaller group consisting of his immediate family and two close friends.

As for Mrs. Spinelli, she plans to recreate the spirit of Halloween at home, giving out candy at bedroom doors and even creating a scavenger hunt for kids to participate in. Another safe idea Mrs. Spinelli has is instead of giving out candy or putting a bowl at the door, she will assemble little giveaway Halloween bags to drop off at the houses of her daughters’ best friends. 

Doing what we can to try and safely have a good time during this pandemic can be hard, especially with restrictions. But with some creativity and research, you will be able to find many fun activities to do on October 31st. 

Of course, the simple movie night with a few friends, family, or even alone is a popular choice.

Don’t know what to watch? Here’s five options suggested by Kirsten Pereira (’22), my go-to person for finding good movies.

  1. Hush — Popular, may want to watch this with company.
  2. Await Further Instructions — Really interesting but a little violent.
  3. The Insidious film series –: If astral-projecting fascinates you, this may change your mind.
  4. Halloweentown — A Disney Halloween favorite
  5. Train to Busan — For fans of zombie-movies

If a movie night isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, head on over to Dave’s Pumpkin Patch located on Burrows Avenue in West Sacramento. 

I’ve gone to Dave’s every year since I could remember, and I am happy to see that they are still open to the public this season. Cera Lacomb (’22), an employee at the patch, discussed with me what differences we’ll see this season.

“We had to cancel our annual costume contest and the corn boxes, but other than that we are keeping most of our attractions,” she shares.

The Haunted Corn Maze, my personal favorite, is something we both look forward to this year. Though if you plan to attend, be aware of the prolonged wait times due to social distancing, smaller groups, and sanitization. Masks are required on Vierra Farms, but if you forget yours, don’t worry — free masks are given out and hand sanitizer is available throughout the farm at individual stations. They ask that visitors be mindful of the rules and help each other stay safe.More information about implemented safety guidelines are listed on the Vierra Farms website.

As for those who don’t live in West Sacramento, here are some other activities that may be closer to home. 

If you’re interested in escape rooms, check out Enchambered, located in Arden-Arcade. Escape rooms require a lot of hands on activities, which raises the concern about safety. Don’t stress — after each group, the rooms are fully sanitized and ready for the next guest.

If that isn’t scary enough for you, Ultimate Terror Scream Park is open on Auburn Boulevard. You can order tickets now on their website.

Although it may seem like Halloween during the pandemic is a guaranteed bust, with a little planning and research you can have just as much fun, even with restrictions. So be creative with it, call up a few friends and visit a pumpkin patch or stay at home and binge some Netflix. As long as you enjoyed doing it, you have successfully defied the expectations of this COVID Halloween.

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