How Halloween Happened: Local Adaptations and Mini Celebrations

By : Emma Johnston

This past week people had to re-imagine how Halloween would be celebrated. As a very public and interactive holiday people all adapted in their own ways. Burford and area was no exception.
The Brant County Health Unit had recommended either avoiding trick or treating or going out in a modified way with mask wearing, distanced candy sharing and heightened hygiene practices. Some people had small get togethers, participated in scavenger hunts, had family movie nights or joined in pumpkin carving and home decorating contests.
The versatility seen in our own village was encouraging as schools, individuals and service groups sought ways to make the day fun while maintaining the various suggestions and rules around social engagement. The Agricultural Society, Burford Optimist Club and the County of Brant all offered contests for pumpkin carving, costumes and home decorating. Participation was impressive and winners will be announced by each individual group over the coming week.
Schools adapted, having in class costume parades, pumpkin decorating, pyjama and movie days and other creative celebrations. Media photos were discouraged by the schools, thankfully some pictures have been submitted. (pg. 9) Overall the festivities went well, people came up with unique and fun ways of celebrating, eating too much candy and spending time with the people they love.

How Halloween Happened: Local Adaptations and Mini Celebrations

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