The City of Kitchener is planning on hosting safe and fun Halloween programs as a different way to celebrate the holiday.
Set to follow Public Health guidelines, Community Centres plan to put up outdoor haunted Halloween displays between October 29 and 31. Residents are invited to visit with their immediate household members to take photos, explore and take home Halloween treats. All community Centres in Kitchener will be taking part in the festivities between noon and 6:00 p.m., except Williamsburg.
Between October 28 and 29, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., fun night activities will be available at the Kitchener Market, including a spooky science show, a family photo booth and a take-home pumpkin. Be advised that space is limited, and each cohort will only be given a 30-minute time slot. Registration is open on the City of Kitchener website.
On October 31, there will be a live-streamed Kids in the Kitchen at 10:00 a.m. where you can roll up your sleeves for some tasty treats.
Later, between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., there will be a downtown Kitchener Halloween Art Walk and Scavenger Hunt that will run on Gaukel Street between Joseph and Charles streets, and a full map can be looked at the Downtown Kitchener website.
To ensure a safe and fun holiday, Region of Waterloo Public Health recommends low-risk activities like pumpkin decorating, a virtual costume party, a Halloween movie night, sharing spooky stories, an outdoor trick-or-treat scavenger hunt in the backyard or a Halloween pinata.
If you do decide to go out Trick-or-Treating or hand out candy, go out with members of your immediate household, physically distance and wear a mask and not just rely on a costume mask, do not leave candy in buckets for children to grab, use tongs or similar utensils to hand out candy, and do not congregate or linger on outdoor steps.
For more details, visit the City of Kitchener website.