With many events around the country postponed or canceled due to the pandemic, the fate of this month’s Halloween festivities has been uncertain. Local children will be excited to learn that Halloween is coming to Shawangunk.
The town board previously decided not to hold its annual parade and party, but last week they approved two separate events for Oct. 31 and trick-or-treating will be allowed throughout the town from 6 to 8 p.m.
The first event will be a Trunk or Treat at Verkeerderkill Park, an expansion of the annual event hosted by Charlie Garrison. This is a free event that runs from noon to 4 p.m.
Councilman Adrian Dewitt explained that individuals can reserve a space where they can park their car, decorate their trunk and hand out candy to families in the cars that drive through. Everyone will be wearing gloves and masks and observing social distancing. The cars will be parked approximately 15 feet apart.
Anyone interested in participating can call (845) 800-8431 to reserve a space. No reservation is needed to drive through and receive the candy.
The second event will be the Lion’s Club Halloween Candy Handout at Popp’s Pavilion from 5 to 7 p.m. This event is also free but will be a drive thru-only event to receive the pre-bagged candy. Participants will be wearing masks and gloves.
Dewitt stated that the two events, one on each end of town, will serve as “alternatives for some that may not want to trick or treat.”
The town is also moving forward with the purchase of a police vehicle, which was previously approved. Equipment valued at approximately $5,000 was removed from the old vehicle and will be installed into the new vehicle.
- Rachel Coleman