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With Halloween just around the corner, the New River Valley Public Health Task Force reminds individuals of all ages to follow the CDC recommended guidelines for holiday celebrations. Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses and while area localities do not regulate Halloween, there are numerous, alternative ways to participate, be safe and have fun. The following is a list of activities in order of least, moderate, and highest risk according to the CDC. Citizens are encouraged to seek out opportunities to celebrate within their own families or congregational units, or within small neighborhood pods.
Avoid these higher risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:
Still undecided on what to do? Check out one of the following Halloween events in your community.
Town of Blacksburg Halloween Trick or Treat Drive-Thru
Friday, October 30, 4-6 p.m. Blacksburg Community Center, 725 Patrick Henry Drive
Dress up as your favorite character and gather lots of treats from spooky characters while you stay in your car. The event is for elementary school aged children and all health and safety guidelines will be followed.
Virginia Tech Oak Lane Costume Caravan for Community Children and Families
Sunday, Oct. 25, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Virginia Tech Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Panhellenic Council invite community families with children to participate in the Oak Lane Costume Caravan. Participants are encouraged to dress in costume, decorate their car, and drive through the loop of Oak Lane during this event. Along the route, fraternity and sorority houses will be decorated for Halloween and students from Virginia Tech fraternities and sororities will stand in costume to wave at the families and children driving through the loop. All Virginia Tech students will be wearing face coverings and will remain 6 feet apart, and there will be no physical contact or direct exchange of candy or other goodies along the drive-through. At the end of the route, each child will receive a pre-packaged bag of nut-free individually wrapped candy and treats through a special contact-less delivery system directly to their vehicle. All adult participants (drivers and passengers) are asked to wear face coverings throughout the event, and everyone must remain in their vehicle at all times. Volunteers and staff working the event will be wearing face coverings and appropriate personal protective equipment and will wash or sanitize hands regularly. For more information, contact Fraternity & Sorority Life at (540)231-6609 or visit fsl.vt.edu.
Town of Christiansburg Night Full of Fright: Trick or Treat Drive-Thru
Saturday, October 31, 5-7 p.m. Christiansburg Recreation Center Parking Lot, 1600 N. Franklin Street
Wear your best costumes and enjoy some goodies from the safety of your car. Drive through some fun Halloween decorations while listening to spooky music, and check out vehicles and equipment from Public Works, Police, Rescue and Fire. All treats will be pre-packaged, and current safety guidelines will be followed. Please note this event will occur rain or shine, while supplies last.
Montgomery County Virtual Ghostly Gala Halloween Costume Contest
Children 12 and under are invited to email a picture donning their Halloween costume from now through October 31 to email@example.com, along with parent and child’s name and child’s age. The winner will be announced on Monday, Nov. 2 at https://www.facebook.com/mcparksrec
City of Radford Halloween Drive-Boo
Oct. 31 3-5 p.m. Radford Recreation Center
All treats will be pre-packaged and safety guidelines will be followed, while supplies last. Come with your vehicle decorated for Halloween, while seeing spooky decorations, and then turn the corner to receive no tricks, just treats from staff in appropriate PPE.
Town of Pulaski
Virtual Costume Contest
For details visit https://www.pulaskitown.org/news/what_s_new/announcement_on_town_halloween_events or call 540-994-8600.
Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce Drive-Thru Treat Trail
Oct. 31 4-7 p.m.
Randolph Park https://www.pulaskichamber.info/