Halloween is this Saturday, and typically we would be preparing for the traditional Halloween Horribles Parade organized by the Town of Winchester and FAN, decorating our office and getting ready to welcome hundreds of children to share their costumes and our candy! Sadly this year the event has been canceled, but Winchester and other towns have been working to come up with some safe ways to celebrate the holiday. Winchester Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Happy Halloween House Decorating Contest, and have produced a list of all the entries so you can pack the kids in the car or take a walk and admire some of the decorations at a safe social distance. The City of Melrose is sponsoring the Wicked Melrose’s Rise of the Pumpkin People - residents and businesses are encouraged to decorate with scarecrows and/or pumpkins, and a map has been produced of participating addresses. In Arlington, residents are encouraged to take part in low-risk activities (as defined by CDC), such as Scavenger Hunts or Boo-ing, the tradition of leaving treats on your friends or neighbors doorstep. Medford has put together a series of covid-safe Halloween celebrations, including a pumpkin float and a virtual costume contest. Visit the City of Medford website for more details.
Local businesses are also getting creative and offering online costume parties or activities that kids can participate in from the safety of their own home. Check on the Chamber of Commerce pages of Winchester, Arlington, Melrose and Medford for more details. They also have more information on ways to support local stores who will miss out on the usual Trick or Treating boost to trade.
If you are unsure how to celebrate, the CDC has produced guidelines ranking activities into low, moderate and high risk. All towns and cities in MA are encouraging residents to stick to the low or moderate risk activities during the pandemic to keep everyone safe. These include pumpkin carving, an outdoor movie night (or indoor with your household), or a socially distanced costume parade. Some towns also have recommended hours for Trick or Treating - again, check your local area’s website or Facebook page find out more.
Everyone at Waterfield Sotheby's International Realty wishes you a happy Halloween!