Communities are offering other options for those who’d prefer to avoid this tradition
Halloween is almost here, but instead of warily watching for ghosts and goblins many of us will be on the lookout for the dreaded COVID-19.
After more than 8 months of living with the virus, it is still very much here and it is spreading. On Sunday, the state reported 2,309 new cases within Ohio, and that number continues to grow. According to Montgomery County Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper, Montgomery County has remained at the Red threat level longer than any other county in the state.
The best (and safest) way to enjoy Halloween this year may be to avoid your normal traditions and try something new. Several communities are offering other socially distanced options for those who still wish to have an enjoyable Halloween.
Little Mound Park (9490 Still Meadow Lane in Dayton) is hosting its fourth annual Light Up The Mound Pumpkin Glow on Halloween night from 6-9 p.m. To participate, all you need to do is carve a pumpkin and drop it off at the mound before 4 p.m. That evening, all the pumpkins will be lit up, casting a magical glow on the mound. Those who stop by will also be able to pick up some treats while they’re there.
On Oct. 30 starting at 7:30 pm., the Greater Dayton LGBT Center will be hosting a free showing of Hocus Pocus at a drive-in theater in the Parking-N Jefferson Lot (44 N. Jefferson St., Dayton). Those who attend are invited to bring their own snacks or get something from a local establishment. Moviegoers are also asked to stay in their car during the show and to play the audio through the radio on channel 99.3FM.
If it’s just not Halloween without collecting some candy, several communities are also hosting drive-thru treat events this year. The city of Dayton Department of Recreation and Youth Services will be hosting its annual Fall Harvest as a drive-thru event Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., at Kettering Field. Cars will drive along a Halloween-themed North Bend Boulevard and those with children in the car will receive a bag of candy. The College Hill and Dayton View Triangle neighborhoods will have a drive-thru Trunk or Treat at the College Hill Community Church (1547 Philadelphia Drive, Dayton) Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m.
And the Dr. Charles R. Drew Health Center (1323 W. Third St., Dayton) will be hosting a Mask & Treat Thursday, Oct. 29, 4-6 p.m. Those who make a stop at the center will receive free masks and healthy treats.