All dressed up and no place to go.
Welcome to Halloween 2020.
As the witching hour draws nearer, festivity-starved souls are counting the days until All Hallows’ Eve. Weatherfolk predict the holiday will come suitably wrapped in crisp fall temperatures and clear skies — just right for tall tales around a fire pit and toasting a marshmallow or two.
As we round the autumnal turn into the holiday season, it’s hard to know exactly what Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are going to look like. Even we eternal optimists know we need to make adjustments this year to protect family and community health.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, Halloween might look a little different in the Golden Triangle this year.
Many of the usual haunted houses and other events that kids and kids-at-heart have become used to attending over the years are canceled, such as Starkville’s annual Pumpkinpalooza, due to the difficulty of maintaining social distancing at those events.
Jody Denney and Cameron Herring have an extra visitor at their home on Shiloh Drive for Halloween.
In fact, they have several, since the yard is decorative skeletons, spider webs stretched across hedges and a large green spider in the middle of the lawn, but the 20-foot spider stretched across the roof — christened “Big Bertha” — is definitely the attention-grabber.
Bryson Parker, 3, gets candy from Janie Ashcraft during the Boo Parade in downtown Columbus Wednesday morning. Bryson is the son of Ashely Parker. He attends St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
So, it’s Halloween — and somehow it creeped up on you before you knew it. You meant to pull together something cool for the kids, or neighboring trick-or-treaters, or friends getting together tonight, but time just got away from you.
Starkville’s Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Hail-Oween festival this evening at the Starkville Sportsplex.
Don’t let anyone say Halloween fun is just for kids. Jamie Foster is all grown up, and she looks forward to it every autumn. She and her husband, Chris, have hosted a Halloween party for several years that just keeps expanding.
Holidays like Halloween that focus on food and treats can be stressful for parents and kids who manage food allergies, says the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.