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COVID19 will not stop Halloween in Macon County

Halloween may look a little different this year, but local businesses and residents aren’t letting that stop them from celebrating. While there may be COVID19 restrictions in place across the state, residents, organizations, and businesses are finding creative ways to still celebrate Halloween.

North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen said that the state plans to issue safety tips and recommendations for Halloween activities and announced that with current trends and the leveling of COVID19 cases in North Carolina, she is hopeful Halloween will be a slice of normalcy after an unprecedented year.

Bidwell Street: Arguably the best door-to-door circle for Trick or Treating in Western North Carolina, the Bidwell/Harrison Street loop has already begun its holiday transformation with skeletons and vampires popping up. As private residences, trick or treating on Bidwell Street will ultimately be determined by individual homeowners and whether or not they want to leave their lights on for trick or treaters. With thousands of kids visiting the street each year, homeowners on Macon County said they don’t plan to let COVID19 stop the celebration and will be passing out candy — some promising to make this year’s event bigger and better than ever!

Trick or Treat in the Park: The Macon County Recreation Park hosts the annual trick or treat in the park, which draws large crowds of trick or treaters and dozens of businesses and organizations passing out candy. According to Macon County Recreation Director Seth Adams, current restrictions on mass gatherings may limit what or how the county can hold the annual event, however it will not cancel it. The recreation department is brainstorming creative ways to celebrate Halloween and is working with local businesses to finalize plans. While the details are still being worked out, one thing for certain, that on Thursday, October 29, the county will be sponsoring some sort of Halloween event for the community.

Main Street Merchants: Without PumpkinFest this year, the Main Street merchants have gone into overdrive planning weekend block party type events to encourage families to visit downtown. As part of that effort, the Streets of Franklin Heritage Association plans to host Halloween activities downtown and continue their annual Teal Pumpkin Trick or Treating event in conjunction with Safe Kids Macon County. Final details are still being worked out, but stay tuned for family fun activities hosted by Main Street businesses.

Church Trunk or Treats: Many churches plan to host drive-thru trunk or treat options this year, with dates and details to be announced soon. If your church or organization plans such an event, feel free to send us the details and we are happy to promote the event, free of charge.

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