The fall season is all about orange foliage, pumpkin spice lattes and bonfires. It is also the season for Halloween, one of the most extravagantly celebrated festivals across America. Halloween traces its root back to the Celtics, who during the harvest season would wear costumes to scare away evil spirits, according to an article by US Local Guide. Today, the celebrations are marked by spine chilling ghost tours, Jack O’Lantern carving, and plenty of outdoor activities.
Unfortunately, the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancelling of many group events, including the massive Village Halloween Parade, in 2020. But that shouldn’t mean that you cannot have a memorable celebration. Here’s a look at other ways to keep the spirit alive even during the pandemic.
One of the moderate risk activities, pumpkin picking is immensely fun and fulfilling. Before visiting the orchard or touching apples and pumpkins, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing are a must, according to an article by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Decker Farm in Richmond Town lets you pick the vegetables in their sprawling 10-acre grounds. Children can also participate in fun activities like corn mazes and hayrides.
Jack O’Lantern Blaze
This is the most electrifying event, where you can see over 7,000 brightly lit, hand-carved lanterns, Pumpkin Carousel and Pumpkin Windmill whirl, according to an article by Historic Hudson Valley. You are sure to enjoy every bit of event, from the swooping bats to the Headless Horseman and the impressive lights and music.
Festive Bars and Pubs
Come Halloween and New Yorkers start planning grand feasts. In 2020, the Halloween-themed bars that have reopened are The Auction House, Duff’s, Le Boudoir, Beetle House, Barely Disfigured and The Jekyll & Hyde Club. Most of these places are Instagram-worthy, offering delectable cuisine against the backdrop of spooky décor. Don’t forget to confirm the opening hours beforehand.
The Spooky Blood Manor
This manor is spread across 10,000 sq. ft. of rooms, corridors and hallways, brimming with horrific details. The extreme levels of fear induced by artificial ghouls make this place worth a visit during Halloween. Children below 14 years are allowed to visit only under adult supervision. The other haunted houses are The Dakota and the Morris-Jaumel Mansion. However, since many are likely to remain closed due to the pandemic, do enquire before planning a trip.
The year 2020 has almost been like a prolonged scary ride. However, Halloween can come as a spooky respite. There are several responsible ways to soak in a whole weekend of fun. So, immerse yourself in light-hearted games, thrilling movie nights and elaborate delicacies to make the most of the festival.