Boo’s hopes to bring socially distanced Halloween fun to kids during pandemic

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It is one of the biggest nights of the year for kids, but this year’s Halloween may look a little different than most.

With the ongoing pandemic raising some question marks about whether both kids and parents will be feel safe trick-or-treating, the family behind Boo’s Bar & Eatery in Lincoln is doing their part to ensure this year’s Halloween isn’t cancelled.

Teaming up with the local Motorcycle County Riders Club, Boo’s will be hosting a Halloween-themed walk-thru tunnel on Oct. 31, between 5 and 8 p.m., where kids can come navigate the spooky tunnel.

Terry Phillips, one of the owners of Boo’s, said it will be a fun and safe way for kids across the community to enjoy Halloween.

“Along part of the property, we have the flea market, so we have tables that are 10 or 12 feet apart, and we are making a tunnel. We will have Halloween decorations, lights and music. The kids will start at one end, walk through to the end closest to the restaurant, and when they get to the end they will get a bag full of candy.”

Phillips said it was his daughter, Burgandy, who first thought of hosting a Halloween event for kids, hoping to ease some of the stress many feel in these difficult times where traditional social events have been cancelled.

“She is concerned with kids and their mental health during the pandemic and Halloween, not being able to be around their friends, so she thought this might be something good for kids in the area.”

This is the first year Boo’s has hosted a Halloween event for kids, but Phillips said the timing was right this year to bring some joy to kids across the community in a safe and fun way.

Hoping to get the word out about Boo’s Halloween tunnel walk thru, Philips said they first posted about it on his daughter Burgandy’s Facebook page. In just 48 hours, the post had over 8,000 views, and people were already reaching out looking for ways to get involved and donate.

“The Motorcycle County Riding Club has donated a lot of candy, we have had customers that have donated candy. A lot of people commented asking to help, and to donate, the community has just been amazing.”

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Phillips said anyone looking to get involved, or participate in Boo’s Halloween walk thru can call the restaurant directly at 905-562-4328 or send a message to their Facebook page.

Bryan Levesque, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News