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Man on the Street: Halloween in Fairbanks

Pumpkin Buckets For Halloween Trick Or Treat
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Published: Oct. 22, 2020 at 4:24 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - With Halloween just around the corner, the CDC has put out a list of recommended activities to ensure that people around the country have a Happy Halloween. Activities on the list include virtual costume contests, decorating the house, a Halloween themed movie night, and an in-home trick or treat style scavenger hunt.

We took to the streets of Fairbanks to find out what people in the community are doing this year to celebrate.

“My daughter lives at North Pole, and we usually just go out to her house and have a Halloween party and treat the trick or treaters. Usually around 400 people come to her house, so it’s fun to see all the different costumes. Don’t know if there’ll be many this year but hopefully it’ll be ok to do," said Ivy Tupper, when asked about Halloween plans.

The CDC has flagged traditional door to door trick or treating as well as costume parties as high-risk activities.

“No, I don’t think anyone should be [trick or treating]. I think there’s too much, especially here right now there’s too much COVID, so I don’t think anyone should be,” commented Diana Hawkins.

“I don’t think traditions should be broken for the children in Fairbanks. It’s best to keep the traditions for everyone, let them do [it] in their family unit,” said Sharon Ishnook.

Stephanie Goese-Goble is concerned about how the mental health of her children may be affected by not being able to do Halloween activities, “hopefully going to take my kids trick or treating, as much as covid sucks I don’t want my kids being stuck inside all the time, my daughter suffers from depression and being inside all the time isn’t good for her.”

Some are finding alternatives to traditional Halloween activities.

“We will hand out candy. We’re making a PVC ‘candy chute’ to deliver treats at a safe distance,” said Amy Lanam in a comment on the KTVF Facebook page.

“We will [be handing out candy]... we will have a warming fire as well...will encourage social distancing...we will do a candy tube or I have long grabby things I will use,” said Leslie McClain Hernandez in a Facebook comment.

Shannon Boyle is taking an Easter idea and turning it into spooky fun, “I’m doing a Halloween bucket for my daughter. kinda like an Easter basket.”

Fairbanks and surrounding communities are also offering alternatives for those who want different Halloween activities this year.

The Midnight Sun Council, Boy Scouts of America are having drive through haunted trail at the Ice Art Park Sat. October 24th, Friday October 30th, and Saturday October 31st.

There is a mask mandatory haunted house being held at the Tanana Valley State Fairgrounds, the haunted house will be happening the 23rd through the 25th as well as the 29nth and 30th.

The Two Rivers/ Pleasant Valley community is also hosting a Trunk or Treat event at the Pleasant Valley Community Center - 7234 Anders St. , Off Chena Hot Springs Road near the Pleasant Valley Store.

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