There’s no doubt that Halloween this year will be different. Usually, by this time, kids are deciding what they want to be for the spooky holiday, and then maybe changing their minds before then. Parents are debating how much candy to buy – will it be enough or not.
However, thanks to COVID, the virus that won’t go away, the entire Halloween event is in question. Will parents allow their children to trick-or-treat? Will kids dress up with nowhere to go? When this blog is being written, there still aren’t any clear answers to help guide parents.
Trick-Or-Treating Is Still On The Menu!
A lot of this is contingent on the number of COVID cases and the Governor’s orders. On September 23rd, it was announced by Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller that several popular Halloween events throughout the city would not be taking place this year due to the virus. Such events include the Zoo Boo, Halloween in Old Town, and the Albuquerque Fire Rescue Haunted House.
However, at this time, Trunk or Treat is still anticipated to move forward at Balloon Fiesta Park because it’s a drive-up event.
The mayor also advised that if anyone is planning on going trick-or-treating, remember to practice social distancing and wear a mask covering the nose and mouth. Please note that a mask that comes with the costume does not count as the approved face mask. The mayor went on to say that if your neighbor’s lights are off or they’re not answering the door to please be respectful of their wishes during this time.
Other Ways To Celebrate Halloween 2020
If you’re not trick-or-treating this year, you can still celebrate the day with your family members. You can carve pumpkins, decorate your house and watch scary movies. A dance party in your costumes is another fun idea for the kiddos.
What if you want to go out, but maybe not go door to door for sweet treats? One of the most popular attractions during Halloween is none other than McCall’s Haunted Farm in Moriarty, which includes a haunted corn maze. It’s better known as McCall’s Pumpkin Patch during the day, which boasts pumpkins for sale, apple cannons, a princess castle, a country store, and delectable treats.
How about something in Albuquerque? Are you in need of a good scare to get the heart racing? Check out Dragon’s House of Horror, a drive-thru horror house! Are you brave enough to see what this mile of thrills and chills has in store? Check out their website for pricing and buying tickets. Just remember that photography, video, and cameras are not allowed during the event.
If you’re athletic or enjoy a leisurely bike ride, you can also look into the Day of the Tread. This is a Day of the Dead themed bicycling marathon for all ages. This benefits the Zia Freewheelers, a program of the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation and Pegasus Legal Services for Children. Traditionally, Burqueños ride their bikes along various trails in Albuquerque. However, this year, it will be a virtual event, running from October 24th to November 1st.
Keep Your Eyes On Updates From The Governor’s Or Mayor’s Offices!
With all these ideas listed, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for any updates from the Governor’s or Mayor’s offices to make sure you’re staying safe and healthy this year. Whatever your plans are for All Hallows Eve, from us here at Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling, make sure to be careful and look out for one another.