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Three events are slated in Page County for Saturday, Oct. 31 to provide activities for trick-or-treators on Halloween.
The Town of Luray will host “Halloween at Dean” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 at Ralph Dean Park.
The event will feature “Trunk-of-Treating” with local businesses for children 14 and under, as well as a bat scavenger hunt and a virtual costume contest with prizes.
Participants are asked to maintain social distancing and follow directional signs. Face masks are encouraged, and sanitizing stations will be available.
The Town of Luray and the Luray Police Department reminds everyone to be safe this Halloween and “to wear a mask, keep your distance, wash/sanitize yours hand, carry a flashlight, stay on the sidewalk when possible, only visit homes with the porch lights on, and finish by 9:00 pm.”
The Town of Stanley and the Stanley Police Department will host a Halloween Block Party from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 in Downtown Stanley. East Main Street will be blocked off to all traffic from the railroad tracks to Honeyville Avenue during this event.
The Town of Stanley invites businesses, churches and organizations to set up in the street for two hours.
Those 12 and under attending the event may stop in front of the Town Office to enter a drawing for a chance to win one of three Wal-Mart Gift Cards ($25, $50 and $100).
Town Manager Terry Pettit said that hand sanitizing stations will be available in the blocked off area, as well as masks and signs encouraging social distancing.
For one night a year, the Town of Stanley enforces a curfew. All trick-or-treators need to head home by 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.
The Town recommends that all candy be bagged, as opposed to distributing individual pieces.
Living Legacy Luray will host “Candy and Costumes at the Rec” from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 at the West Luray Rec Center at 630 W. Main St. The event will feature candy, music, food, games and costume prizes. Masks and social distancing are required.
Halloween Safety Tips:
• Trick-or-Treat in familiar neighborhoods, and teach children to never enter a person’s home or vehicle. Pick a place to meet in case you get separated and write down emergency contacts.
• Make certain costumes do not inhibit vision.
• Trick‐or‐treat earlier in the evening to finish before dark. All Halloween Trick or Treaters should have a flashlight or a device that helps motorists be able to see you while walking through neighborhoods on dark roads.
• Children should never trick‐or‐treat alone and always be accompanied by an adult. Only approach homes that are familiar and well‐lit inside and out.
• Walk with your head up and be aware of your surroundings. Stay out of the streets.
• Respect other people and their property.
• Motorists should be alert and watch out for pedestrians.
• Report any suspicious individual or criminal activity to an adult.
• Adults should examine children’s candy before they consume it.
Halloween Events and COVID-19:
If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.
Alternative ways to participate in Halloween
Reminder: A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask.
Celebrating Halloween may look different this year due to the spread of COVID-19. Please consider the Virginia Department of Health’s recommendations for participating in Halloween event: English Spanish
Additional CDC guidance for Halloween
Fairview Fun Farms open for visitors through Nov. 8
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