Halloween events still on, but with COVID twist

The Yuma Chamber of Commerce and local businesses still will be hosting Trick Or Treat Street on Friday, October 30, but it definitely will be different this year.
In response to rising COVID-19 cases, and Yuma County being put on tighter restrictions by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Chamber has made changes to keep both community members and business owners safe.

There are going to be two locations for trick-or-treating in order to stay within the number guidelines set by the state. The event will be from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at both locations.
The first is the traditional location of S. Main St. between First and Fourth avenues. The second will be at S. Elm St. and 10th Ave.,in vicinity of The Harmony Home.
Only 175 people, including those handing out candy, will be allowed in each location at any given time.
The Main St. location will be similar to past years with businesses handing out candy. However, everyone must enter at Fourth Ave. and Main, and trick-or-treaters will walk towards First Ave. on one side of the street, and then back up on the opposite side.
At the second location, trick-or-treaters will start at 10th Ave. and S. Elm St, working their way towards Eighth Ave. (Highway 34). Harmony Home staff, trunk or treaters, and some businesses will be at this location handing out candy. (Harmony Home residents are eager to see the youth dressed up for Halloween.)
Masks will be required of everyone participating. The Chamber will be required to keep track of the numbers of people going in and out. There will be a line with markers that honors the six feet of separation.
Chamber Director Sammy Trostel noted that the Chamber is fully aware this is not the way many have imagined Halloween or Trick-Or-Treat Street, but it is what needs to happen in order to have the event. She said she understands there might be some frustration with following the guidelines, but asks that everyone please respect them.
It also was noted Trick-or-Treat Street could be canceled if cases continue to increase, and could impact businesses as well, so everyone is encouraged to do their part to help stop the spread.
Though it snowed and was bitterly cold earlier this week, the temperature Friday and Saturday is supposed to be close to 60 for a high.
YLCC Halloween
Even with the cold snap the area recently experienced, Yuma Life Care Center is still planning to host its Halloween Parade on Friday, October 30, from 3:30-5 p.m.
Ghosts, ghouls and goblins can make their way through the scarecrow-marked path starting on the northeast side of Yuma Life Care, at the gated entrance, and follow the sidewalk back to the covered patio.

There, staff will greet trick-or-treaters with candy and a hot apple cider station to warm them before their next stop!
Because of the cold, the residents will remain inside and be watching through their windows and the dining room windows at the Center. They are looking forward to seeing the community children all dressed up!
Harvest Festival
The Yuma Ministerial Association is holding its 22nd annual Harvest Festival on October 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot of the Nazarene Church.
To comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines, this year brings some new opportunities to YMA’s annual alternative to neighborhood trick-or-treating in the form of a “Trunk-or-Treat.”
Entering on the west side (between the church and Highway 59), children must be driven to the church and all occupants must stay in their vehicles. Cars will be directed to form two lines and drive through the parking lot and past volunteers’ cars decorated as different Bible stories. At each trunk, children will hear about the story and be given treats and candy. so remember to bring that candy sack! Cars will then exit on the east side of the church.
Hot dogs and chips will also be served for dinner by church volunteers and the local Girl Scout troop. All volunteers will be masked and gloved through the entire line and will only serve pre-packaged candy and treats.