The City of Newport News is advising residents to follow CDC and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) guidelines for Halloween activities this year in order to limit potential exposure to COVID-19. In keeping with those guidelines, Parks, Recreation & Tourism’s 10th Annual “Spooktacular” event is being modified this year and adding additional locations, and Newport News Public Library is offering two Halloween themed virtual events.
This year, Spooktacular is a drive-thru trunk-or-treat event taking place on Saturday, October 31. Come by any of the three community centers listed below for a spooky good time and lots of candy. Wear your costumes and trunk-or-treat from the safety of your car! Please remain in your vehicle, and follow the signs for entering and exiting the drive-thru events.
Newport News Public Library offers numerous virtual events every month including two in October that are Halloween-themed.
Both the CDC and VDH have deemed traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating a high risk activity and have issued the following recommendations on other options citizens can take part in to celebrate the holiday. For those who choose to trick-or-treat, the Newport News City Code specifies that trick-or-treating is for children 12 years of age and younger and ends at 8 p.m.
Trick-or-treating involves the increased risk for transmitting COVID-19 due to the potential for close proximity to many people and the difficulty for trick-or-treaters to follow mask use and social distancing recommendations. If you do choose to trick-or-treat, it is important to protect yourself and others using the following recommendations:
The CDC’s Guidance for Holiday Celebrations and the Virginia Department of Health's Interim Guidance for Halloween offer more information. Citizens are also encouraged to monitor Halloween2020.org for COVID risk levels and recommended activities.