Covid-19 managed to impact every aspect of life this year causing events from concerts to family gatherings to see cancellations due to concerns for health and public safety. As the end of the year sneaks up, the holiday season quickly approaches. The first of these major holidays, Halloween, holds the most concern as generally, the holiday involves activities that some consider less than safe for a time where the pandemic still carries on.
“I am really excited about Halloween this year despite the pandemic! I have no idea if I’m going to attend anything yet. I’d love to but I also don’t want to be irresponsible about Covid,” junior Amelia Orr said.
Luckily, that does not cancel Halloween this year as the Kennesaw community still plans to carry on with spooky festivities for friends and families to participate in. To help ignite some Halloween spirit in the community, the City of Kennesaw hosted Scarecrows on Main. The event saw people from the community making their own scarecrows to display on Main Street, and while you can no longer submit scarecrows, families may still drive through Downtown Kennesaw to see the countless scarecrows lining the sides of the road until the end of the month.
For those looking for more interactive activities, Kennesaw State University hosts Kennesaw State’s Halloween Week. The event started last week on October 21st with their fall festival and will end on the 31st with Trick-or-Treating and a Silent Disco Costume Party. Community members can expect KSU to host events on their Kennesaw and Marietta campuses every day for the remainder of the week. The events include a Movie Night on Tuesday from 7:00-9:00 pm, pumpkin carving and decorating on Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 pm, and a theactrical production put on by Night Owl Productions on Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. KSU encourages event attendees to wear their Halloween costumes if possible.
Speaking of costumes, NC students looking to show off their craftsmanship can do so by entering The Chant’s DIY Costume Contest. The winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card and a possible written feature of them on The Chant’s website.
While Covid certainly changed the way events are viewed, it seems that Covid worries will not cause a lack of Halloween fun in the Kennesaw area. Although events are still happening, those attending them should still practice Covid safety such as social distancing, frequent hand washing, and face-covering whenever possible. Have a safe and happy Halloween, from The Chant!