If Grinch stole the Christmas then COVID-19 has hijacked Halloween 2020!
The year 2020 has transformed Halloween to Quarantine-O-Ween! The joke has become quite stale now, but the fact is Halloween WILL be different come October 31, 2020.
Across the United States, the threat level varies from region to region. But one thing is as certain as taxes, the impact that COVID-19 will have on the Halloween season. The usual Halloween haunt-events at theme parks around the world stand canceled.
The regular Halloween haunting parties stand canceled at theme parks. Events like walking tours, psychic fairs, and shopping will be on. Annual events that involve large gatherings like parades and road races stand canceled for this year.
Disney canceled “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party” while masters of Dark Universe Universal Studios have canceled Halloween Horror Nights at both their locations. The 1978 movie ‘Halloween’ summarizes what the spirit of Halloween means in this quote – “It’s Halloween, everyone’s entitled to one good scare.” Halloween without scares is like Rock n Roll without Elvis Presley. A few events have been arranged to give the lovers of Halloween a ‘spooktacular’ experience.
1. HALLOWFEST (formerly FRIGHT FEST) by SIX FLAGS – For this year‘s Halloween celebrations, Six Flags reworked their annual celebrations from Fright Fest to Hallowfest. Six Flags will have limited capacity and outdoor events to limit the spread of the virus. Reservations will be required, and safety protocols will be in effect. This year‘s event will feature kid-friendly festivities during the daytime hours at the parks. Post 6pm events will turn darker, but the festivities will maintain all the security protocols of COVID-19. A favorite and one of the few haunting spots alive during this Halloween season. It is better to book a parking spot at the earliest near the event.
2. Stranger Things drive-into – A cult fright-inducing Netflix phenomenon has traveled from the OTT dimension into our reality in Los Angeles. OTT platform Netflix joined hands with Secret Cinema to give you Stranger Things: The Drive-Into Experience, which will take place in downtown Los Angeles. While walk-through haunts remain suspended, a drive-through haunt experience awaits you.
3. Pumpkin Patches – A time-honored Halloween and fall tradition that has survived the axe this year. Pumpkin Patches are opening up for this season but with limited capacity and with all COVID-19 safety precautions. Check for the nearest pumpkin patch near you, go online, and book your parking spot ahead of time to avoid circling around for a parking spot.
4. Drive-in Theaters – The COVID-19 pandemic has caused drive-in theaters to make a major comeback. During the Halloween season, search for a drive-in theatre that is playing the scariest horror movie and go with your friends.
If you are not comfortable going with social events during this time, it is always good to celebrate Halloween within the safety of your home.
- Drive around and soak in the spirit – The spirit of Halloween can never be tamed. It is one festival which can evoke a celebratory and imaginative spirit in the young and old alike. Jump into your car and drive around to immerse yourself in the Halloween spirit of your neighborhood by feasting your eyes on homes decked with imaginative decorations.
- Trunk-or-Treat – Trick-or-Treat will be going missing this Halloween season. Trunk-or-Treat is the buzzing term this year. Such organized events are usually held in a school or church parking lot. Have designated adults to give out the candy rather than kids reaching inside the bowl.
- Virtual Parties – Love it or hate it, virtual meetings are here to stay. Invite your relatives and friends for an online costume and spooky story-telling session.
- Halloween Movie Marathon – The OTT platforms will stream some of the scariest movies ever made during this Halloween season. So grab your popcorn and binge on some of the scariest movies in the world of cinema.
The message during these delicate times is simple: “Save Halloween, wear a mask.“