James Rada Jr.

Everything that has happened in 2020 will make Halloween this year seem tame, no matter how scary things might be on October 31. It will actually be a nice break from everything that is happening; however, some changes to our regular slate of Halloween activities have been made.

Thurmont’s annual Halloween in the Park event has been canceled. However, trick-or-treating in Thurmont will continue as usual on Saturday, October 31, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

As of mid-September, Emmitsburg’s Halloween events are still on. Trick-or-treating in town will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on October 31. Following trick-or-treating, people will gather at Federal and DePaul streets for the annual Halloween parade that will begin at 7:00 p.m. Due to COVID, social distancing and mask wearing is encouraged.

The Halloween parade route will run from Federal Street to North Seton Avenue, through the town square, then right onto West Lincoln Avenue to the rear entrance of the Vigilant Hose Company. You can enjoy refreshments as you wait for the announcement of the Halloween costume contest winners. First, second, and third place awards will be awarded for the most patriotic, scariest, most original, cutest, and best group costumes.

On the mountain in Cascade, Fort Ritchie Community Center will host Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on October 31.

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