Werewolves, witches and ghosts will wear face masks under a blue full moon that will lighten the sky this Halloween night: the first full moon on Halloween night, according to the Farmers’ Almanac, since 1944.
COVID-19 has not legally canceled Halloween in Massachusetts but like most things during this pandemic, the holiday will not be its usual hurrah.
On October 7, the state Department of Public Health issued guidance for those who plan to participate in Halloween festivities.
The state is advising that residents follow the usual COVID-19 safety precautions (wear a mask, social distance, observe good hand hygiene and do not go out if you are feeling sick). The state further advises leaving candy outside for trick-or-treaters to “grab and go,” having gatherings outside as opposed to inside and wearing an additional face mask because a costume mask is not a substitute.
Indoor gatherings should be limited to 25 people. Outdoor gatherings should be limited to 50 people.
The Sandwich Board of Health has released guidance on how to have a healthy Halloween this year. The information mirrors guidance provided by the state.
In addition to the standard distancing and masking guidelines, Health Agent David Mason said anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who has tested positive for the disease should refrain from participating in Halloween activities.
“If everyone follows the safety guidelines, Halloween can be a safe and fun experience,” Mr. Mason said. “Failure to follow safety guidelines while participating in Halloween may end up being ghoulish in 10 to 14 days.”
He asked that people observe the guidelines so that COVID-19 cases in town can remain low and will not impact the schools or the community.
While Sandwich is considered a low-risk community when it comes to the disease, Mr. Mason said the town continues to monitor cases daily. In the event that the town goes into a high-risk designation, the town’s COVID-19 team will reevaluate which events and activities will be able to occur.
Halloween events planned in Sandwich include the Sandwich Police Department’s Trunk-or-Treat on October 31 from 10 AM to 1 PM at Oakcrest Cove. This will be a drive-thru event, with the first 750 children receiving a bag of goodies.
Heritage Museums & Gardens, in partnership with the STEM Academy and the Sandwich High School Teacher Student Association, will hold a virtual trivia night on Saturday, October 24. The first event is from 5:30 to 6:30 PM and is geared toward families with children under age 13. The second event is from 7 to 8:30 PM and is geared toward adults and children over the age of 13.
Space is limited and information on how to register can be found at https://heritagemuseumsandgardens.org/event/halloweentrivia/.