DURHAM, NC (WNCN) – As COVID cases have declined, Durham Mayor Steve Schewel has said Halloween will not return to normal this year as daily COVID infections are still reported in the community .
Last year on Halloween, neighborhoods got creative by sending candy to chutes, and some neighbors asked kids to pick up candy from the curb.
But this year, Schewel said trick-or-treating is encouraged if families take the right safety precautions.
“Parents are still worried because our children are not yet vaccinated and they are still worried that they will be in large crowds,” Schewel said.
Schewel said children can go for treats if they are traveling in small groups and he said they should be masked when approaching someone’s door.
Also this year, in Durham, the trunk or treatment will be allowed in churches, which was not allowed last year.
Additionally, Durham Parks and Recreation will be hosting several in-person events, including several outdoors.
But some Durham parents, like Khedron Mims, still aren’t sure if they’re ready to let their kids make treats.
Mims has a nine-year-old daughter, Hannah, and he said he was worried about letting her go for some candy or a spell because she is not yet old enough to be vaccinated.
“You just don’t know how individuals disinfect themselves or whether individuals have been vaccinated,” Mims said.
Mims said he plans to allow his daughter to participate in events organized by the city or by local groups.
“These events are a bit more controlled and generally follow some of the CDC guidelines,” Mims said. “I think the children suffer a bit more because they cannot get the vaccine. This is the time when we need to be creative and make sure we have fun with our kids.
CBS 17 contacted the City of Raleigh to find out what their Halloween guidelines are and a spokesperson said they had no guidelines, they were just reminding everyone to stay safe.
The Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting several in-person Halloween events this year, while last year many events were canceled or changed due to COVID.
In Cumberland County, the Sheriff’s Office is encouraging families to stay safe this Halloween and they are asking families there to go for a ride or treatment on Saturday night, October 30.
Meanwhile, Durham and Raleigh will be hosting trick-or-treat events on Sunday, October 31.
Here is a link to Raleigh Parks and Recreation events: Celebrate Halloween with Raleigh Parks | Raleighnc.gov.
Below are all of the Durham Parks and Recreation events:
Night of dread
Friday, October 15
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Edison Johnson Recreation Center
500 W Murray Avenue
Calling all the ghosts and ghouls of Durham! DPR will be hosting a fall event for all ages, including classic carnival games, a costume parade, and for those who love fear, a haunted house that will have you “screaming” with screams and laughter! Step out in your favorite scary outfit!
saturday 23 october
3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Durham Central Park
501 Foster Street
Barktoberfest is a celebration for our canine residents and their families. Join us for an afternoon of fun that will include a costume contest, games, beer garden, pet-friendly organizations and vendors, food vendors and more!
Trunk or treat
Friday 29 October
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Holton Career and Resource Center
401 N. Driver Street
Join the staff at Holton for a fun family event celebrating fall! The event involves the open trunks of cars displaying candy and decorations. Costumes are not required but will make the event more exciting. Parents are also encouraged to participate with their car, but it is not mandatory.
Halloween Flashlight Treasure Hunt
This event is sold out. Residents can register to be placed on the waiting list.
Friday 29 October
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
1632 Rowemont Drive
Take your flashlight, let’s go on a treasure hunt! Bring your friends and family for a spooky Halloween scavenger hunt. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required.
Sunday 31 October 2021
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
West Point on the Eno
5101 N, Roxboro Street