In Albany, the tradition of trick or treating wasn’t cancelled. Community leaders came together to make sure the threat of COVID-19 was a little less spooky this Halloween.
Halloween fun was the only thing creeping into Albany trick or treat events around the city.
At the Albany Boys and Girls Club’s haunted house, temperature checks and hand sanitizer awaited at the door, all done by the College of RPI student volunteers.
David Gordon, program manager for the youth center said, “A lot of things are going on with COVID-19, so we wanted to make sure we had everything safe.”
Same thing over at a Stewart’s parking lot off Northern Boulevard. There, the House of Hoops organizations drive-thru candy grab bags were a slam dunk.
Just down the road at the Arbor Hill Sports Complex, cars turned into candy caravans.
“We got all these community members, and it was a community effort. We partnered with the department of recreation and the Arbor Hill Neighborhood Association,” Said organizer Patrick Robinson.
Everything was a real hit with the kids, especially for Qweesha Morris and her family.
“It’s our baby’s first Halloween,” said Morris.
And the perfect place for her daughters to show off their costumes.
“I’m a scary bridesmaid” said Demari Williams.
Next, Spectrum News visited Swinburne Park. It was one of 11 spots the city of Albany designated for treat grabbing and pumpkin pick-up fun.
“That even when we are in a state of emergency, that as a community when we come together, we can make it through anything,” said Albany Community Outreach Coordinator Eva Bass.
In the end, it gave everyone a chance to trick or treat safely.