Health restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic have limited Halloween activities everywhere, but the Seaside Downtown Development Association is making sure no one is feeling deprived, with a full schedule of activities both new and traditional throughout the Halloween weekend.
For organizers of the association’s annual Halloween Happenin’s, this year is the opportunity to celebrate a carnival.
“The most prominent change is the carnival aspect,” Dawn Fujiwara-Pavlik, a member of the association board and Halloween committee, said. “In the past, businesses would host different activities in their businesses. This year, we will spread out canopies out at Quatat Park. Participating businesses will host their own activity.”
Activities include bean bag tosses, sand dollar painting and a tic-tac-toe game, among others.
“This set-up allows us to social distance and keep the storefronts less congested,” Fujiwara-Pavlik said.
Donations will be accepted in lieu of any fees.
The first “Witches Paddle” event takes place at Quatat Park on Nov. 1 at 2 p.m., with visitors invited to dress like a witch or warlock, bring their favorite floatable device and float the Necanicum River.
“We are encouraging participants to dress up as witches or warlocks and bring their stand-up board or kayak or anything that floats to paddle out from the launch at Quatat Park,” Fujiwara-Pavlik said.
“The Halloween committee has done a fantastic job adhering to all the guidelines for events for our COVID restrictions,” executive director Laurie Mespelt added.
Events kick off next Saturday on Halloween with the pet parade at Quatat Park. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Donations of pet food or other pet goods to benefit Angels for Sara Sanctuary are welcome in lieu of a registration fee. Participants will receive goodie bags.
From noon to 3 p.m., the Halloween Carnival at Quatat Park features crafts and activities for kids of all ages. Donations will benefit local programs including Shop with a Cop, the Assistance League and volunteer firefighters.
From 4 to 6 p.m., families are invited to the second “Trunk or Treat” along Edgewood outside of the Carousel Mall. Decorated vehicles provide a safe Trick or Treat experience. Open spots remain on Edgewood outside the Carousel Mall, Fujiwara-Pavlik said.
“We welcome businesses, families, organizations, anyone who has a vehicle they can dress up and wants to give out candy in a safe environment.”
DJ Shortstop hosts a dance party at Quatat Park from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Halloween night, playing Halloween favorites.
The pumpkin drop takes place in the parking lot behind the Carousel Mall Nov. 1 at noon, as a giant pumpkin will be dropped from a big crane. Watch as a more than 40-pound pumpkin is dropped from 40 feet; weather permitting. The downtown development association will be taking bets from the audience on where the farthest piece of pumpkin will land.
In addition to these events, a live pumpkin carving takes place at the new Saltline Hotel throughout the day on Halloween.
The Knights of Columbus will serve pancakes and sausage at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 1. Donations collected support the Knights of Columbus.
To join the Trunk or Treat parade, visit downtown development association’s Facebook page or email email@example.com.