Halloween ranks high on the list of favorite holidays for both kids and adults alike. This year the holiday falls on a Saturday night with a full moon, a perfect combination. But what happens when you’re in the midst of a pandemic?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are encouraging alternate ways to participate in Halloween including tips to make trick-or-treating safer. Some of the suggestions include avoiding direct contact with the trick-or-treaters, passing candy outdoors if possible with individualized bagged treats for the kids to take. They also suggest washing hands frequently and double masking (costume masks do not replace cloth or surgical/ procedural masks) wearing your mask in addition to vanity masks. The CDC also continues to support maintaining a six foot distance from others who don’t live in the same household. Another suggestion is to take along the hand sanitizer (with at least 60 percent alcohol) to use after coming in contact with objects or other people.
So how are Topekan’s planning to celebrate? Here are just a few events that will be happening:
BOO at the Zoo
A long standing event and one that many families have participated in for years, this year the tradition will continue but with some safety precautions in place. All guests must obtain tickets online and only 500 tickets per hour will be distributed. The guests will be directed in a single directional path to avoid crowding. The event will spread over three weekends; Oct. 17, 24 + 31 from 9a – 3p LEARN MORE
TRUNK or TREAT
Stormont Vail Event Center (1 Expocentre Drive) will be hosting a free Drive-thru Trunk or Treat on Oct.
30 from 5-7p. This will be a free and safe event for the community with COVID-19 precautions being
Topeka Law enforcement with host their 5th annual Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p in
the Hummer Sports Part parking lot. (2751 SW East Circle Dr). Participating staff will be wearing masks
and gloves while handing candy to children who will remain in their vehicles. Participating agencies
include the Topeka Police Department, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Department. The Kansas Highway
Patrol and the American Medical Response team.
Topeka Haunted Woods on October 31 from 3 – 7p (3158 SE 10th St)
Shane and Bryn Reedy at 2838 S.E. Minnesota Ave. are ready with their house decorated and a candy chute to deliver candy in an attempt to maintain social distancing.
Haunted Woods haunted house will continue this year but with a few pandemic inspired changes. Everyone will be required to have their temperature taken before they enter and the six feet social distancing markers will be in place. There will be timed breaks between groups that enter the half mile long trail. All volunteers and actors will don masks and follow the social distancing guidelines. They will still have their laser tag activity, but smaller groups will be in place with sanitization done according to all CDC guidelines between each group. This even opened Oct. 9 and runs every Friday and Saturday until Oct. 31 st . The Topeka Haunted Woods opens at 8p. They will also be hosting a Trunk or Treat from 3-7 PM on Oct. 31. Location is 3158 SE 10th St
Many smaller churches and organizations will also be hosting Trunk or Treat activities. Check your local listings for these. Many neighborhoods will continue to prepare for the ghosts and goblins that arrive begging for goodies.
Have a safe Halloween!