Though the Coronavirus may alter the activities, the cities of Clarkesville, Cornelia and Demorest will proceed with city-sponsored Halloween activities this year.
In Clarkesville, the traditional Trick-or-Treat on the Square will be held Oct. 31.
The Clarkesville Business and Community Association discussed the pros and cons of the event, but ultimately decided to hold the modified event.
“They went through a lot of discussion back and forth about it, but decided it was definitely a good thing to kick off our event season this year,” said MainStreet Director Trudy Crunkleton. “They definitely didn’t want to cancel. It means a lot to the kids. We jokingly said that all the kids will have on masks anyway and that was a good thing – certainly wanted to move forward with it. We feel like it’s an easy one, so if people want to participate, they can; if they don’t want to, then that’s their choice, so it was a good one to start off with.”
In addition to the CBCA event, there will be an antique and specialty car cruise-in behind the old Habersham County Courthouse and a costume contest at 5 p.m.
Demorest event set Oct. 29
The City of Demorest will modify its event this year, holding it from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in the downtown area.
“We’re going to change thigs up a bit,” said City Manager Kim Simonds, billing the event as Downtown Trunk or Treat.
Cornelia event set Oct. 30
Similarly, Cornelia will continue with its Downtown Cornelia Trick or Treat from 3-6 p.m. Oct. 30. A costume contest will be held at 5 p.m. at the depot.
“We will provide a map of the designated area that shows Cornelia businesses participating at their location, plus list those who are outside the area and will participate in the Trunk or Treat in the depot parking lot,” said Kristy Hammond of Cornelia Tourism and Special Events. “The map will also be available on our website, discovercornelia.com and our social media platforms.”
Regarding social distancing, “We will space cars in the parking lot to provide more room to distance,” Hammond said. “The costume contest will be held outside, as long as weather is nice, and is open to 0 to 18 years of age.”