With Halloween arriving Sunday, Woodstock is preparing for a Halloween weekend, with the town’s most significant event on Saturday and trick-or-treaters going door-to-door on Sunday.
At the Tuesday, Oct. 26, regular meeting, council discussed Halloween preparations, with Planning and Development Director Andrew Garnett offering a brief overview of plans revolving around Public Health’s COVID-19 guidelines.
Noting Woodstock is not in a circuit-breaker zone, he said, “it’s not too different from what we have been doing.”
Garnett said New Brunswick Public Health guidelines offer COVID-safe ways to celebrate the special day without risking the spread of the virus.
Mayor Art Slipp said the town wants everyone to enjoy Halloween festivities safely. With Oct. 31 falling on a Sunday this year, he said, some people are confused about when to participate in the celebrations.
In Woodstock, he said, the Rotary Club will host its Haunted Drive-Through on Saturday evening, from 6 to 10 p.m. He explained the town is encouraging families to take the children trick-or-treating on Sunday evening, the official Halloween night.
The Woodstock Rotary Club Haunted Drive-Through will begin at 6 p.m., with the first half-hour dedicated to those with sensory-sensitive conditions. At 6:30, Slipp said, the sounds, lights and scary scenes will ramp up for children of all ages, growing even more frightening for the older children in the latter part of the event.
Slipp said trick-or-treaters should hit the streets on Sunday. He urged them to follow the Public Health guidelines, which includes travelling only with family and their steady 20 bubbles.
Public Health Halloween guidelines include the following:
Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun