Halloween is celebrated on October 31. While things will be a bit different this year, it is a day to mark the only night in the year when, according to old Celtic beliefs, spirits and the dead can cross over into the world of the living. Some people hold parties and children may trick-or-treat (depending on the local health conditions). And this year’s fireworks in Enderby will be going ahead due to the abundance of space in this rural area:
“Enderby Fire Chief Cliff Vetter urges visitors and residents to stay in their cars or watch from home as the department sets off the display from Riverside Park. ‘You don’t have to be right in the park to see them,’ Vetter said.”Halloween fireworks curbed in all but two North Okanagan communities, Vernon Morning Star
Some people put a lot of effort into decorating their homes, yards and drives. They may even construct life-size replica graveyards or dungeons on their lawns and invite people from the neighbourhood to view their creations. Social-distancing has brought more attention to drive-by seasonal displays and walking parades.
Other people may organize halloween costume parties for adults or children. Popular at-home activities include watching horror films and trying to make fellow guests jump in fright, except during the current Pandemic of course! There’s always lots to do in Enderby!
Many children love to go out to trick-or-treat. They dress up as ghosts, witches, skeletons or other characters and visit homes in their neighbourhood. They ring doorbells and, when someone answers, they call out “trick-or-treat”. This means that they hope to receive a gift of candy or other snacks and that they are threatening to play a trick if they do not get anything. Usually, they receive a treat and tricks are rarely carried out. This year, there are some socially-distanced innovations to enable safer trick-or-treating, including grab-and-go bags, treat tubes, and candy chutes!
Looking forward to a safe and happy Halloween in Enderby!