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Halloween might be different, but spirits can still be high. There are a variety of activities to do for the holiday while following Bloomington-Normal safety guidelines.

Many things have changed this year due to COVID-19. Halloween is right around the corner. The Town of Normal and the City of Bloomington have released some safety tips and guidelines for Halloween this year.

The City of Bloomington and the Town of Normal strongly discourage door-to-door trick-or-treating this year because of COVID-19. Although, some safety tips are provided for those who choose to celebrate in traditional ways.

“We strongly recommend families social distance and choose alternative ways to celebrate Halloween this year,” Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner said. “We recognize some families are going to participate and we want them to do this as safely as possible. To ensure this, we’ve set trick-or-treat hours and released safety tips in line with guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health.”

“The city echoes the town’s sentiments and encourages safe celebrations for Halloween and every occasion,” Bloomington Police Chief Greg Scott said. “We urge the public to follow all safety guidelines and, if choosing to trick-or-treat, obey the established hours and be respectful of each other.”

For people and families choosing to celebrate the traditional, in-person way, Town of Normal and City of Bloomington trick-or-treat hours will be from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. All participants are encouraged to follow the recommended safety tips.

“This year has been like none other, and everyone needs to take precautions to socially distance, wash hands and wear proper face coverings,” Bleichner said. “While every family will make their own decisions, we urge them to consider the safe alternatives being offered this season in place of traditional activities.”

The town and city also took into consideration the residents who do not wish to participate in Halloween or door-to-door trick-or-treating this year. The town and city have created a “No Trick-or-Treat” sign which can be printed and placed on front doors to alert families not to knock or ring the doorbell.

“For those who don’t want visitors, turning off lights and adding a sign to doors are easy ways to alert potential trick-or-treaters of this choice,” Scott said. “As always, we’re reminding folks welcoming visitors to turn on porch lights.”

While there may be more guidelines for Halloween this year due to COVID-19, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday while staying safe.

Pumpkin carving on the Quad

Grab some of your close friends and a pumpkin and celebrate by carving spooky pumpkins on Illinois State University’s beautiful Quad. Put a blanket down and bring some candy.

Halloween crafts at the top of Watterson Towers

Look up some fun crafts to make and bring some friends to the top of Watterson for some fun Halloween craft making. You could also make spooky Halloween masks. Decorate them with ghosts, pumpkins, skeletons and more. You could also paint spooky pictures.

Scary movie night

Whether you are in the dorms, in an apartment or at home, watch some scary movies with your family and friends. You could watch a fun movie like “Halloween Town” or “Hocus Pocus” or something scarier like “Scream” or “Friday the 13th.” Do not forget to bring some candy or popcorn to eat.

Wear a costume around town

Dress up for Halloween and walk around town with your friends. Find a cool place to take a spooky picture in your costumes.

Rader Family Farms

Go to Rader Family Farms for some fun. Get lost in the corn maze, pick out your favorite pumpkin, try some fall foods and take some festive pictures.

Rader Family Farms is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Masks must be worn.

Cookie making

Get spooky cookie cutters and make Halloween cookies shaped as ghosts, pumpkins, zombies and more. Decorate them with your loved ones or your closest friends and get creative by making your own frosting and shapes.

CHELSEA CORA is a News Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at crcora@ilstu.edu. Follow her on Twitter at | @cora_chelsea


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