Wednesday, October 28, 2020 / by Sonya Reiselt
There’s no question about it, this year Halloween is going to be different. Whether you were looking forward to an annual costume contest or watching the joy on your children’s faces while trick-or-treating in their highly anticipated costume, there is fortunately still plenty to do around the Lowcountry to get into the Halloween spirit!
Drive-In Movie Night and Costume Contest – Hardeeville
· Get ready for a night to remember! This family-friendly drive-in is taking place on Friday the 30th from 6:00 – 8:30 pm behind the city hall. Enjoy a screening of the ever-popular Hocus Pocus while enjoying food trucks and free popcorn! Don’t forget to dress up! There will be costume contests for everyone in the family!
Annual Trunk-or-Treat – Hardeeville
· This year, Hardeeville is focusing on turning their popular annual event a safe one! So, trunk or treat will be a drive-thru style. Decorate your car and get the kids dressed up and drive through the trail of cars to get all of the candy their hearts could desire! The event will be held behind the city hall on Halloween from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.
Fall Family Fun Night – Ridgeland
· Stop by the Ridgeland fire department for a drive-thru trick-or-treat event on Halloween from 6:00 – 8:00 pm! The 3rd annual event is being reimagined but promises to be an eventful experience for everyone in the family!
Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat – Beaufort
· Beaufort is re-imagining all of their Halloween events this year, starting with their annual trick-or-treat. This year, there will be drive-thrus set up all around the city for the kids to receive a goodie bag full of “sweet treats, fun and trinkets”! Feel free to stop by the following goodie bag tents between 2:00 – 4:00 pm on Halloween day:
o Henry C Chambers Waterfront Park marina parking lot
o Washing St. Park
o Southside Park
o Pigeon Point Park
· Beaufort will also be hosting various virtual events such as costume contests for the whole family (even the furry members!) and pumpkin decorating.
Trunk or Treat and Field Maze – Bluffton
· Hosted by LowCountry Community Church, the kids will love an afternoon at the field maze! There will be an abundance of candy, popcorn, and various activities. The event is from 4:30 – 6:30 pm on Halloween.
Halloween Drive-Thru – Yemassee
· Hosted by the Yemassee Police department, Drive thru the department at 6:00 pm on Halloween in your costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating with the town’s finest!
While Mandy neighborhoods have canceled trick-pr-treating altogether, some are still offering the event in some kind of capacity. Here are some tips for keeping safe, if you are planning on taking the kids around on Halloween!
· Check with the neighborhood about specifics. Make sure you know about all of the protocols in place and who is and isn’t allowed in each neighborhood. In order to minimize the risks, many neighborhoods in the Lowcountry have decided to only allow their own residents to participate in their specific trick-or-treat.
· Make sure everyone participating in your family has a mask and plenty of hand sanitizer to go around.
· If you’re going with a group, try and keep the numbers relatively small. The larger the group, the more at risk you are.
· Encourage your neighborhood to be inventive! If you are doing a more traditional style of trick-or-treating, suggest everyone puts the candy in grab-bags on a table or around their yard. This reduces the number of communal candy bowls to dig through.
· Stay with your kids! Depending on their ages, they might not understand the importance of keeping safe and trying as best they can to social distance.
· Wash your hands/use sanitizer as often as you’re able.
· Try not to eat the candy while you’re out! It’s being recommended that you wipe off all wrappers before eating the candy.
· If you’re feeling sick, don’t participate! The last thing you want is risking the health of all of the families out.
· Make sure you’re also wearing a mask and have plenty of sand sanitizer available. It helps to also wash your hands as much as possible!
· Consider marking chalk lines 6 feet apart to encourage social distancing while the kids are waiting to get their candy.
· Spread candy out on a disinfected table for the kids to pick up themselves. This will minimize any direct contact between you and the trick-or-treaters.
Whether you’re planning on going out for trick-or-treating, attending one of the wonderful community events, or staying in as a family, have a happy and safe Halloween! And, if you’re looking for more Halloween fun for the weekend, make sure to check out the best pumpkin patches in the Lowcountry!