Halloween activities in full swing during pandemic

By Connor Linskey
Posted 10/28/20

Even COVID-19 could not stop Halloween traditions in many local communities.

The Town of Montgomery Police Benevolent Association and the Town of Montgomery Community Response Team will host a …

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Halloween activities in full swing during pandemic

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Even COVID-19 could not stop Halloween traditions in many local communities.

The Town of Montgomery Police Benevolent Association and the Town of Montgomery Community Response Team will host a Trunk or Treat event Friday, Oct. 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Montgomery Town Hall, 110 Bracken Road, Montgomery. The event will feature law enforcement and other emergency service vehicles as well local businesses and individual vehicles on a first come first serve registration process. Social distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced and participants will only be handing out pre-packaged candy.

“The Trunk or Treat is something the town is offering as an alternative to those parents that maybe aren’t comfortable with traditional trick or treating this year,” said Montgomery Town Supervisor Brian Maher. “But traditional trick or treating will remain as it always has.”

Trick or Treating will happen in the Village of Walden with no curfew. The Village asks residents to follow social distancing guidelines. There will also be a drive-through trick or treat event at James W. Olley Community Park, which will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Prior to trick or treating there will be a Halloween Drive-Thru at Frederick Myers Veterans Memorial Park in the Village of Maybrook for children in grades five and below. This event will be hosted by the Maybrook Kiwanis Club, Wallkill Valley Federal Savings and Loan, ShopRite, E-Rock Entertainment as well as the Maybrook Fire and Police Departments. Those participating should drive up and receive a Halloween treat. Traffic will enter on Tower Avenue and exit through Schipps Lane. Those handing out candy will wear masks and gloves. No foot traffic will be allowed. This event is a modification of the Village’s traditional Halloween party.

In Maybrook, trick or treating hours are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Residents should leave their porch/outside light on if they are participating. Anyone sick or self-quarantining must stay home. Trick or treaters should stay in their household groups. They should leave space between themselves and other groups.

Those trick or treating should wash their hands before they go out, when they go home and after eating treats.

Trick or treaters in the Village of Montgomery will partake in the tradition from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Halloween. Social distancing will be enforced. Other than trick or treating, there are no other Halloween events in the Village. There used to be a Halloween parade, which stopped two years ago.

Trick or treating will take place in the Town of Crawford from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Halloween. Social distancing guidelines will be enforced. The Town’s Police Benevolent Association (PBA) will also host a trunk or treat event on Halloween from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.. This will take place at the Pine Bush High School student lot and at the Bullville Firehouse The PBA and the Town’s Police Department will hand out candy. Members of the Pine Bush Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Bullville Fire Company and Pine Bush Fire Company will also be in attendance. Attendees should simply drive their vehicles to either the student lot at the high school or the Bullville Firehouse and roll their windows down to receive candy.

The Town of Gardiner will hold trick or treating this year without a curfew.

“We never really regulate trick or treating, we’ve never had a curfew,” said Gardiner Town Supervisor Marybeth Majestic.

She also tells all those involved in trick or treating to wear masks. Majestic noted that people have created chutes out of pvc pipes in order to distribute candy without contact.

The Gardiner Day Committee’s annual Halloween walk from the library to the rail trail and back has been canceled.

In addition, the Food Pantry of St. Charles Borromeo Church will host a Trunk or Treat event from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Halloween. The event will be held at Monsignor Moore Church Hall, 2212 Route 44/45 in Gardiner. Volunteers will decorate their cars and dress up in costumes. Families are invited for some Halloween fun to view the decorated cars and drop off non-perishable food items or a monetary donation. As the families leave each child will be given a goodie bag of Halloween candy.

In the Town of Shawangunk, trick or treating will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Halloween. Town Supervisor John Valk Jr. encourages those who do not feel comfortable trick or treating to stay at home. Those who do participate should social distance as much as possible.

“For the homeowners, they turn the light off at 8,” he said.

In addition, the Wallkill Lions Club will hand out treats for children in a drive-through event at Popp Memorial Park, 3081 NY-208, Wallkill. All bags will be packed and distributed by volunteers wearing masks and gloves to ensure the safety of the children.

The group asks that parents notify them in advance of how many children will be in each vehicle if possible, so they can appropriately plan for all. Those interested in attending can call or text (914)-213-3063 and include their last name and the number of children in their vehicle.

Parents should indicate via text message if their child has any special dietary needs.

In addition, the Walker Valley Fire Company and Charles Garrison, owner of Walker Valley Auto Sales, LLC. will host a trunk or treat event at Verkeerderkill Park on Halloween from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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