2020 is a year like no other!
We’ve had many questions from residents regarding the Town’s plans for this year’s Halloween celebration and whether or not traditions like Trick-R-Treating would be permitted. While we are making some changes to this year’s celebrations, Trick-R-Treating with minor modifications is still happening in Windermere! Read on below for information on this year’s event, and how to safely participate.
2020 Halloween Parade / Movie Night
Because of the challenges presented by Covid-19, the Town will NOT be holding our annual Halloween Costume Parade and Hayride, and our annual Halloween Movie Night has also been cancelled. But that doesn’t mean we’re not celebrating!
Our Easter event was such a huge success, we decided to do the same thing for Halloween! Between 10am and 12pm on Saturday, October 31, Windermere PD will be making their way through Town handing out candy bags put together by Parks & Recreation to kids in Town. This parade route will begin at Estancia Woods Loop at approximately 10am and will conclude at approximately 12pm at Horizon Circle.
Neighborhood kids are encouraged to wear their costumes! We love to see their creativity and Halloween spirit! Parents: please make sure your kids are at the end of the driveway, and are at least 6 feet away from the neighbors to help maintain social distancing.
Trick-R-Treating is a Halloween tradition! With a few small adjustments to help keep everyone safe, there is no reason to skip 2020.
In addition to the below article featured in the Fall 2020 edition of the Windermere Gazette, here are some safety tips from the CDC and the Windermere Police Department.
MAKE TRICK OR TREATING SAFER
- Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters
- Give out treats outside, where possible
- Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take
- Wash hands before handling treats
- Wear a mask
- Use tongs to hand out candy
- Turn your porch light OFF if you are NOT participating. Parents should make sure their children avoid homes that have their lights out
- Reduce your trick-or-treating group size
- Make sure all members of your group have a flashlight with fresh batteries, a strobe light, reflectors, glow sticks, or some other light source that makes them visible to vehicles. The Windermere PD will be handing out glow sticks to children during the parade Halloween morning
- Walk on sidewalks where possible. Where there are no sidewalks, walk along the side of the road facing oncoming traffic (so you see them and they see you!). Complete one side of the street, then cross over and walk up/trick or treat at the homes on the OTHER side of the road rather than crossing back and forth across the street
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you
WEAR A MASK
- Make your cloth mask part of your costume
- A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask
- Do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask; it can make breathing difficult
- Masks should not be worn by children under the age of 2, or by those who has health conditions that makes breathing difficult
WASH YOUR HANDS
- Bring hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol with you, and use it after touching objects or other people
- Parents should supervise young children using hand sanitizer
- Once home, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds BEFORE you eat any of your candy
Other Halloween Activities
Some people in our community will choose to forego Halloween this year in an abundance of caution, or to protect vulnerable loved ones. We respect their decision to do so, and ask our neighbors to please be mindful of those who have chosen to not participate.
But just because you’re not handing out candy or going door to door doesn’t mean you still can’t have fun! Here are some ideas to get in the spooky spirit this year.
- Family Halloween crafts such as pumpkin carving
- Take a walk to admire your neighborhood’s decorations from a distance
- Watch Halloween classics such as “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” Make it virtual so long-distance loved ones can join in!
- Hide treats in and around your house for your kids to find
- Visit a pumpkin patch, corn maze, or orchard. Many of these attractions have taken appropriate precautions