Halloween takes some odd turns this year

Community adapts to holiday amid pandemic

Tabatha Stewart
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 10/26/20

Kiowa resident Lissy St. Pierre, mother of a 19-month old, wasn’t sure what Halloween would look like this year. Her neighbors are elderly and had said they might not be comfortable with a lot of …

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Halloween takes some odd turns this year

Community adapts to holiday amid pandemic

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Kiowa resident Lissy St. Pierre, mother of a 19-month old, wasn’t sure what Halloween would look like this year. Her neighbors are elderly and had said they might not be comfortable with a lot of children coming to their house for the traditional trick-or-treating. Concerned that the neighborhood children might not have a good experience going door-to-door, she met with several of her neighbors to try to come up with a solution for the kiddos.

“We weren’t sure if trick-or-treating would even be allowed, and we weren’t sure how many families would feel comfortable having a bunch of kids at their house,” said St. Pierre. “A bunch of us neighbors got together and decided we would set up a space for kids to safely come get candy, and have a good Halloween experience.”

The result of the meeting was the first annual “Walk the Plank” experience, a “Pirates of the Caribbean” themed activity for local children to stop by and pick up some pirate’s booty, get a fright from a haunted house, meet some skeletons, Jack Sparrow and Davey Jones.

“We’re going to have some fog machines going, some skeletons will be hanging around and several characters from the `Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie will be there,” said St. Pierre. “It will be at the house on the corner of the elementary school, and we welcome anyone who wants to have a good, safe time Halloween night.”

The Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce annual Trick or Treat Street has been moved to Casey Jones Park, and the event website shows that it was sold out as of last week. However, families can check to see if cancellations have opened any slots at www.eventbrite.com/e/trick-or-treat-street-at-casey-jones-park-tickets-124461153661.

For those who feel safer staying at home, this year’s Trick or Treat Street includes a virtual pumpkin decorating contest. Participants can send photos of decorated pumpkins to the chamber’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/elizabeth.chamber.9.

The Whispering Aspen, located at 240 Elizabeth St., Suite H-2 in Elizabeth, will be offering retail therapy with an added experience of a haunted house. Part of Integrated Life Choices, Whispering Pines’ retail shop helps support people with disabilities, and includes items such as coffee mugs, shirts, candles and gifts created by local artists. People at the center have created a haunted house experience in the back of the store, and invite community members to visit Friday, Oct. 30 from 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Social distancing, face coverings and COVID-19 safety precautions will be observed.

Kiowa Elementary will not be having its traditional fall costume parade, but will be holding trunk-or-treating for elementary students in the school parking lot beginning at 2:45 p.m.

“Due to COVID-19 restrictions we will not be having our normal fall costume parade,” said Maria Morales, Kiowa town administrator. “We enjoy the community business’ participation in our fall event.”

Elbert Christian church, located at 23894 Broadway in Elbert, will be holding its annual harvest festival from 3 to 6 p.m. There will be free hamburgers and hot dogs, carnival-type games and plenty of candy. The festival will be held outside and social distancing will be encouraged.

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