So many things are difficult to navigate due to our “new” normal as we move into the eighth month of living with Coronavirus restrictions. Last week I wrote about how I got through my first cross-country flight. With Halloween right around the corner (so sad that of all the years, it is on a Saturday this year!), I find myself confused about how we will all go about it. Arlington County does not regulate Halloween, so there really are no specific rules about how to approach it. Back at the end of September, Arlington County did issue a press release with Guidance for a Safer Halloween During Covid-19:
“Everyone planning to celebrate Halloween this year should avoid close contact with people who do not live in their household, wear a mask, keep 6-feet distance and practice frequent and proper hand washing. . . There are still ways to celebrate Halloween, but it will have to be on a more limited scale.” -Arlington County Public Health Director Dr. Reuben Varghese
The guidance identifies the higher risk (e.g., traditional door-to-door trick or treating) vs. safer alternatives (socially distanced Halloween-themed scavenger hunt).
Neighborhoods are coming up with their own plans for trick or treating (or not). You can check your Nextdoor App Treat Map to find out what is happening in your neighborhood. The Treat Map has become a Halloween fixture in many neighborhoods, and this year Nextdoor and Party City have partnered to create an augmented reality Treat Map.
While there are not as many public Halloween events happening in Arlington as in years past, there are at least a few for adults, all with reservations required due to more limited space in these times. When alcohol is involved, guards go down. So, be careful and be sure to follow Virginia Department of Health guidelines.
For a fee, you can reserve a table for two hours. There will be three different sessions: 8pm – 10pm; 10pm – Midnight, and Midnight – closing time. Pricing is $200 a table for two hours of seating. The fee will be put toward your tab. There will be music, drink specials, and a costume contest every two hours with a $50 gift card prize.
Reservations encouraged. There will be three different sessions: 4pm – 7pm, 7pm – 10pm, and 10pm – closing time. Admission is $10 and comes with a drink ticket. There will be DJs, themed drinks, drink specials, and costume contests with cash prizes.
For a fee, you can reserve a table for two hours. Early bird pricing is $80 per two persons for two hours of seating. The charge will increase to $100 per two persons the night of Halloween at the door. There will be three different sessions: 8pm – 10pm, 10pm – Midnight, and Midnight – closing time. The fee will be put toward your tab. There will be a DJ, themed drinks, drink specials, and a costume contest every two hours with a $100 gift card prize.
Have fun and stay safe!
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