We are starting to see pumpkins everywhere we look. Pumpkin spice is flavoring our coffees, muffins, and even ice cream. Why? Because the Fall season means it’s time to gear up for Halloween. We know that this Halloween may be a little different from years past. Still, here in Marshall, Illinois, we are making the best of it and have lots of fun and safe activities planned for the whole family.
First, let’s talk about how to stay safe while enjoying Halloween fun.
The many things we usually do to celebrate Halloween don’t allow us to socially distance and stay safe. We want our families to enjoy this holiday as much as ever, and even though things are improving, we’re not out of the woods yet. We are still cautious to keep kids, mom and dad, grandma, and granddad safe from the COVID-19 virus.
Trick or Treating is going to be a little different this year. Some folks will be using social media to share their awesome costumes with family members who won’t be going out or allowing visitors. Make that fun and exciting for someone who is ill or quarantining.
Halloween parties will need to be smaller in size. The big gatherings and in-person costume contests will include some social distancing and smaller numbers of guests to allow for space between folks. The good news is that masks are already a part of Halloween, so wear yours and keep it on. Encourage your kids to do the same. Have fun with it. Challenge each other to create the best, funniest, or scariest mask but remember that you need a protective mask either as part of your costume or under your Halloween mask. Just be sure you do not inhibit your breathing if you have a Halloween mask over your surgical one. Safety first.
Unfortunately, Haunted Houses are prohibited this year as they are inside and don’t allow for social distancing. Still, outdoor events like haunted walks are fine to have and attend. Events at bars are also discouraged.
Remember to wash your hands and bring hand sanitizer along on any Halloween adventure you have planned. If you aren’t feeling well, and have any symptoms of COVID-19, tell your doctor and PLEASE, stay home.
Trick-or-treating door to door
You may want to open your home to trick or treaters. State guidelines suggest that if you plan to do so, you should only give away candy individually wrapped and leave these treats spread out on a table outside your front door.
If you want to hand out candy, wear a mask (surgical – most Halloween masks are not protective) and use hand sanitizer between visits. Maintain a social distance of least 6 feet.
If you’re taking the kids trick-or-treating, go out with just your family members in one group. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers should be carried and used frequently.
As much as you want to devour that candy right away, wait until all hands are washed and consider wiping down candy wrappers before opening.
When possible, attend only outdoor Halloween parties and events. We have several planned for Marshall residents and visitors.
Here are some fun things to do safely and securely in Marshall, Illinois:
Head out to the Ewing Garden Barn
1003 S 6th Marshall, IL 62441
Bring the kids out on the weekends for Pumpkin Painting.
Ewing Garden Barn has free pumpkin painting every weekend in October. All you need to do is buy them a pumpkin, and Ewing provides the rest. There will even be snacks and apple cider to enjoy while they create their works of art. Plenty of room and lots of tables allow for safe social distancing.
Something for us OLDER kids at Ewing Garden Barn – Adult Pumpkin Painting Night
When: Saturday, October 10, 2020
(Rain date October 24)
Time: 7:30 PM EDT – 9:30 PM EDT
Cost: Tickets · $18
Ages: 18 and over
BYOB (must be 21 or older to imbibe in Alcohol)
Buy your tickets on Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.com/e/adult-pumpkin-painting-night-tickets-123198194115
Pumpkins, paints, markers, decor, and snacks will be provided. Beverages are BYOB (must be 21 or older to imbibe in Alcohol). There will be only 25 tickets for this event, but another date may be added if there is enough interest.
The Marshall Chamber of Commerce is presenting two fun events…
The 2020 Scarecrow Content
Submissions are being taken for the 2020 Scarecrow contest. Businesses, civic groups, families, and individuals are invited to participate in this fun event. Bring your best ideas and brighten up the town with your silliest, scariest, or funniest scarecrow. Make sure your entry is visible to all.
It’s free to enter the contest, but you must provide your own decorations. Please send a photo of your scarecrow display and a completed application form to the Chamber. They will then upload your submission for voting to their Facebook page. Include a sign with your submission so we can identify you. This event will be “People’s Choice.” The winner will be determined by the person or group whose picture of their display receives the most likes on Facebook.
You have until October 26th to register, and voting will be from October 28 through October 31, 2020. The winner will be announced on Monday, November 2, 2020. Please provide a sign with your entry. Do NOT tie your scarecrow to an electric pole as it will be disqualified; political, controversial, or inappropriate entries will also be disqualified.
For more info, visit the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page or their website, www.marshallilchamber.com, or call 217-826-2034.
Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat
When: Halloween night – Saturday, October 31, 2020
Time: 4 pm – 6 pm
Where: The Town Square, Archer Ave., Marshall Ill
Hosted by: Marshall Area Chamber Commerce
Cost: Free to attend
ALL vehicles MUST enter at 6th and Archer and receive directions. The vehicles participating in the trick or treating will be parked all around the square. The Chamber of Commerce welcomes your organization or business to participate. If you would like to do so, contact the Chamber to register, and we will give you the instructions to follow. All costumes will be judged virtually.
For more information, email MarshallChamber@Gmail.com.