Halloween happenings: Local towns alter celebrations

By Catherine Lobash

With all the craziness that 2020 has thrown our way, many communities are still holding some events in a safe manner to allow communities to enjoy holiday activities. While JJC is not joining in on the festivities, the towns of Mokena, New Lenox, Joliet, Frankfort, and Romeoville are all holding events beyond trick-or-treating for people to enjoy the holiday.

The mayors of each community have given all the residents specific guidelines to keep trick or treating a safe activity. Residents who do not wish to hand out candy are to keep their porchlight turned off and many communities have gone a step further and have a sign that is to printed off to let trick-or-treaters know that the specific house is not participating in the activity.

Another guideline for the activity is that the mayors have recommended that both trick-or-treaters and residents handing out candy should wear a mask when social distancing cannot be maintained. The mayors have worked hard to keep this activity going while keeping it safe for everyone participating.

The National Safety Council suggests creating premade goodie bags to hand out to kids, limiting the risk of various people handling candy. They also mention it’s a good idea to have hand sanitizer on hand whether one is out trick-or-treating or staying in and handing out candy.

Mokena is hosting drive-in Halloween movies showing Jurassic Park as well as Hotel Transylvania, they are also hosting a drive thru trick-or-treat. These two events will make up the 39th annual Halloween Hallow.

Romeoville also holds an annual Halloween festival, which has unfortunately been canceled. To take its place this year is a drive-thru trunk-or-treat the weekend before Halloween.

Both communities are compiling a list of Halloween decorations that residents have put up in their yard for all residents to enjoy.

The community of New Lennox will have a Scarecrow Stroll the entire weekend of Halloween. The community of Frankfort is hosting a few contests for the community to enjoy safely. Among these contests there will be a pumpkin carving contest that is to be held virtually.

The city of Joliet is hosting many events that are aimed more toward the adult scene. At the Old Joliet Prison, they are hosting a movie night fundraiser and will be showing both Beetlejuice and Ghostbusters. The benefits of this fundraiser will go toward the Joliet Area Historical Museum and the Rialto Square Theater which have suffered financially because of the pandemic.

The Northwest Recreation Club will also be having a Halloween Party that is open to the public and allowing all guests over the age of 21.
These communities have gone through great lengths to find ways that their residents may still participate is holiday traditions and activities while keeping everyone safe. Enjoy the festivities that are offered in your local area or take a little trip to one of these communities and enjoy the haunting festivities while staying safe.

Remember that safety is number one priority! Stay home if you are feeling unwell, no matter how tempting celebrating might be.