ELKHART, Ind – Kids are eagerly waiting to hit the curb for a ride or treatment after most of the hiccups last year due to Covid and parents are still trying to keep them safe this year.
By Friday, the neighborhoods will be full of kids with their bags all wanting to have as much candy as possible, but safety has been the number one priority.
“The safest thing we ask everyone is to make sure you wear a mask. It’s the easiest and probably the cheapest way to make sure you stay as safe as possible,” said the organizer of Trick o Treat Antwon Williams Sr.
For many this could be a problem, but organizers say it will challenge people to get creative this year in order to stay safe.
“Usually what I will probably do is put on my mask and on top of that I would just throw my mark on top and ta-da, I’m double safe and I’m festive and ready to celebrate.” Williams said.
With the event taking place in the heart of downtown Elkhart, the immediate attendees are the Main Street stores.
“Unfortunately as you know we weren’t able to do that last year so there was a lot of anxiety or anticipation for this event to come and we were really keeping our fingers crossed for the weather cooperate because my opinion is that it’s going to be the safest for everyone if we are allowed to have a candy station or have a candy station in the front that way everyone stays outside by breathing more fresh air from nature, ”said Danny Reynolds, store manager at Stephenson.
Of the more than 20 participating stores on Main Street, all have the option of allowing children inside their store or having the candy available outside.
Antwon tells me so far that they are happy with the event and are excited after going through the woes of 2020.
“It was a bit difficult last year in 2020 because we were going to set everything up and find out what the restrictions are, then we would be notified that we went from yellow to orange, then the restrictions changed, so we changed. had to adjust the event again so we had to adjust the event again and it happened so many times that we couldn’t actually run the event. But you know I’m glad we overcame a lot of those hurdles, ”says Williams.
With events starting Friday, October 29, the calendar of events in Elkhart County is below for those interested in attending:
Bristol: Saturday October 30, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Elkhart: Sunday, October 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Goshen: Saturday, October 30, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Middlebury: Saturday, October 30, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Millersburg: Friday, October 29, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Nappanee: Saturday, October 30, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wakarusa: Saturday October 30, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.