Halloween During COVID-19
By Robert Bernstein
It seemed doubtful that Halloween would happen at all this year. People were certainly putting out plenty of lively decorations. And the stores were stocked with loads of candy.
Here you can see my wife Merlie peeking out our front door after creatively decorating our porch:
We had candy and waited, but no children came by our visible location with many children in the neighborhood.
After waiting until about 8:30PM we headed down to State Street and were pleased that Halloween was indeed happening! People were having a good time and mostly taking care to be COVID safe.
Here are my videos and photos.
We were immediately greeted by this werewolf and his companion
Some of the best costumes were on people who were dining out on the street:
Most of the action was in the block between Cota and Haley. Here a band played and people danced in the street.
Nearby a guy played violin bathed in colorful illumination and people dropped money in his basket.
At the end of that block at Haley Street we spotted this couple elaborately costumed almost hidden in the potted foliage!
As we made our way back up State Street we saw more costumed diners smiling and posing for us.
Antique Alley had a ghoulishly delightful window display. The owner came out to greet us as he was closing up. He explained that the character who looks like Uncle Fester from the Addams Family used to speak and be interactive. Here Merlie posed with the display.
For me, the highlights of the evening were the groups putting on little shows at random in the street! What do the following have in common: A dinosaur, Mr Potato Head, a pink unicorn and two sharks? Me either!
Then we encountered an entire "Shiver of Sharks"! (That is what a group of sharks is called! Look it up!)
Here, another random assortment of characters paused to pose for us
And just as we were heading out we encountered our friends Jacqueline and Michael who were just arriving. Their house mate kindly took this photo of the four of us.