The idea of trick-or-treating during a global pandemic might be daunting for some, which is why the Cheshire Parks and Recreation Department has come up with a possible solution for those who are looking for a socially-distanced Halloween celebration in 2020.
Earlier this summer, Parks and Recreation created a new offering for residents—activity bags filled with different projects for parents and children to do together. The idea was spawned in response to many summer camps and local youth events being canceled due to the pandemic. Now, the Department is bringing the bags back for a special spooky edition.
“Halloween looks a lot different this year for everyone,” said Parks and Recreation Program Coordinator Tim Weed. “We wanted to provide something that lets kids celebrate the holiday and still remain safe and socially distant during the pandemic.”
Each of the bags will include supplies and directions for 12 different science projects, crafts, and activities for one child. The bags will also have specially themed Halloween games and treats for the whole family.
“We want people to focus on having a good time and know that the Park and Rec Department is still here and still putting out programming during this time,” said Therapeutic Coordinator Barbara Costello. “We have a little something for everyone, even during Halloween.”
The bags can be reserved on the Cheshire Parks and Recreation website for $15 per bag, but the most exciting part of the program might be in picking the bags up.
“We want Cheshire residents to know we are definitely still going to celebrate Halloween,” explained Costello. “We are going to have a whole (Halloween-themed) setup here for families to drive through to add to the festivities while they come and pick up their bags.”
The bags can be retrieved from the Harmon Leonard Jr. parking lot on the Thursday before Halloween, Oct. 29, between 3:30 and 6 p.m., at which time families will have the opportunity to drive through the special Halloween display created by Parks and Rec staff.
This wont be the last time Cheshire Parks and Recreation utilizes these project bags, and even after the pandemic has passed the staff feels the program can do a lot for the community.
“The bags are definitely not over,” said Weed. “We want people to keep their eyes out because we are going to be doing a lot of new stuff, including different things with the activity bags. We are always doing something.”