The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t going to stop at disrupting spring and summer: Halloween’s around the corner this fall, and Natick’s already starting to think about what that might look like.
Select Board member Karen Adelman-Foster raised the touchy subject at this past week’s meeting.
“Halloween isn’t that far away and it seems possible that regular trick-or-treat isn’t going to happen,” she said. She raised the question of whether the town might come up with an alternative safe way to celebrate the holiday.
Natick typically does have several organized Halloween events, including a parade, trick-or-treating, and activities for costumed kids and adults downtown. But Town Administrator Melissa Malone acknowledged the challenge of doing something like that without social gathering.
Coming off a decision in June to cancel the annual Natick Days festival, Natick is thinking creatively about how to get something done for Halloween, she said. The town still has 2-plus months to do so.
“It’s just a little tricky,” Malone said.
Salem, the local epicenter for Halloween happenings, has already canceled or scaled back a bunch of its usual events.