Zeus the poodle was groomed by his owners to look like a skeleton for Halloween.
It’s spooky season.
And as Halloween approaches, organizations and venues are determining how to make some longstanding Halloween festivities happen amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some local staples — like trick-or-treating at the Oakdale Mall and Wegmans in Johnson City — are simply canceled. But others have adapted their festivities, or even created new events, to follow COVID-19 safety precautions.
Drive-thru trick-or-treating, anyone?
Here’s a list of the Halloween and fall-themed events and festivities scheduled this year around the 607 area code, as well as those that we’ll miss.
Drive-up trick-or-treating at the Greater Binghamton Airport
The Greater Binghamton Airport’s annual trick-or-treating will be an outdoor, drive-up event this year.
It will be held outdoors, with social distancing and other COVID-19 safety measures enforced.
Patrons can drive up outside of the terminal for trick-or-treating. The free event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 30.
Broome County Parks Third Annual Trunk or Treat
This year, the third annual Broome County Parks Trunk or Treat will be a drive-thru.
The free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 31 at Otsiningo Park in the Town of Dickinson.
It will follow state and federal COVID-19 guidelines. Broome County Parks staff and Broome Security will direct traffic through the park, where local businesses, organizations, agencies and non-profits will line the upper loop road of the park.
All in attendance will be required to wear a face covering. Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to wear costumes, and will drive through the park to trick-or-treat.
The county is also seeking local businesses, organizations, non-profits and clubs to participate in decorating their trunks and provide treats for the “trunk or treaters.” For registration information and rules, visit gobroomecounty.com/parks/trunkortreat.
For more info, visit gobroomecounty.com/parks/otsiningo or call 778-2193.
Halloween Lane Event in Corning
The City of Corning is holding a Drive Halloween Lane event for City residents in Denison Park. This free event will allow city residents to drive through Denison Park and view Halloween displays. At the end of the drive, each child in the vehicle will receive a bag of candy.
The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. All participants must remain in their vehicle.
City residents may receive a free event pass by calling or emailing the City’s Recreation Department prior to 4 p.m. Oct. 28. For more information, call 962-0340 ext. 1125 or email [email protected].
This event replaces the city’s traditional Great Pumpkin Hunt and Halloween activities in the ice rink, due to the risk of COVID-19.
Drive-thru at the Discovery Center
The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier in Binghamton will host a Halloween Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31.
Children and parents may come in costume, but will remain in their cars as they drive through the Story Garden while tricks and treats are distributed.
“There will be many surprises along the way,” the Facebook event reads.
Special prizes will be given to the best decorated cars. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
Patrons are asked to remain in their cars at all times.
For more information, visit facebook.com/TheDiscoveryCenterSouthernTier.
Haunted Halloween Hallows at the Discovery Center
Haunted Halloween Hallows at the Discovery Center in Binghamotn will be open during museum hours throughout the month of October. Admission is $8 for non, members and free for members.
It features a haunted house, mad scientist lab, tomb stones, magic potions, Halloween riddles and magical pumpkin coach. Patrons may come in costume.
Advance online reservations are required for all. To register, visit thediscoverycenter.org/visit.
Francis Otero, 8, of Binghamton, plays with Jose Otero, 38, of Binghamton, while dressed as Harley Quinn in the Discovery Center’s bank during the 2016 Healthy Halloween event. (Photo: Maggie Gilroy / Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin)
The Discovery Center will also host a virtual Team Trivia fundraiser, titled Trick or Trivia, from 8 to 11 p.m. Oct. 23. Registration is $50 for a team of 10 or $5 for an individual.
For more information, visit facebook.com/events/917090482116800.
Trunk or Treat at Binghamton Burger King
A Halloween Bash will be held at Burger King, 290 Main St., Binghamton, from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24.
The fast food joint’s first trunk or treating event will will feature music, candy and trunk or treating. Masks will be required.
Second Annual Halloween Hoopla
The Showplace, at 33 W. State Street in Binghamton, will host its Second Annual Halloween Hoopla from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 25.
Trick or treating from vendor to vendor will be available and and all in attendance are asked to dress up in the spirit of Halloween.
For more information, visit facebook.com/TheShowplace.bing.
Elmira Family Resource Center Virtual Halloween Party
The Elmira Family Resource Center will host its first virtual Halloween party via Zoom from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 30. Goodie bags that include a craft, snack and special treat can be picked up on Oct. 28.
The virtual party will feature the reading of a spooky story, dress up in Halloween costumes and dancing.
To receive a link to the party, message the EFRC on Facebook: facebook.com/Elmira-Family-Resource-Center-336609863488845.
Halloween events at the Oakdale Mall
While Johnson City’s Oakdale Mall will not be hosting trick-or-treating this year, it is hosting virtual contests through the end of October. on its Facebook page: facebook.com/oakdalemall.
There will also be a Spooktacular Selfie Station for anyone that wishes to take photos in or out of costume at the mall’s Center Court from Oct. 20-31.
From noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 31, the mall will hand out 100 goodie bags on a first-come first-serve basis at the selfie station at the .
Iron Kettle Farm open for shopping, activities
Iron Kettle Farm, at 707 Owego Road in Candor, is open this year with some restrictions.
Face masks will be required at all times. The farm market, gift shop, pumpkin display and animal farm will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Activities will be open from noon to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends. Times are subject to change.
For more information, visit facebook.com/Iron-Kettle-Farm-120602834616665 and ironkettlefarm.com.
Stoughton Farm Corn Maize open
The 16th Annual Stoughton Farm Corn Maize in Newark Valley is open with certain COVID-19 restrictions.
Masks or face coverings are required for all of our visitors and social distancing be observed.
Due to COVID-19, visitors will only be able to enter the maize. The corn cannon, pumpkin blaster, food truck and concessions will be available for weekend visitors.
Orders will also be available for pick-up if visitors call ahead. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Phone orders can also be placed for pick-up by calling 642-3675.
For more information, visit stoughtonfarm.com.
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And here’s what isn’t happening:
The Greater Binghamton Airport hosted Halloween at the Airport for the fifth year on Oct. 31, 2018. There, participants were encouraged to trick-or-treat at various locations throughout the airport. (Photo: Maggie Gilroy / Staff photo)
- The Chenango Forks Fire Company has canceled this year’s Trunk or Treat/Haunted House.
- The Broome County Humane Society and Equinox Broadcasting’s free HOWLween Trunk or Treat, initially scheduled for Oct. 24, has been canceled. The remainder of the Humane Society’s organized events for the month of October have been canceled.
- The annual Trick-or-Treat at the Price Chopper, at 10 Glenwood Ave. in Binghamton, is canceled.
- The Oakdale Mall’s annual Trick-or-Treating at the Mall is canceled.
- George F. Johnson Memorial Library’s annual Trick-or-Treating at the library event is canceled.
- The Johnson City Trunk-or-Treat is canceled.
- Trick-or-treating at Wegmans in Johnson City is canceled.
- The Great Pumpkin Hunt in Corning is canceled.
- Corning’s Halloween activities in the ice rink are canceled.
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