by David Cardillo, DDNP Staff
Many people this year seem to be making alternate plans for Halloween celebrations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. And yes, it is disappointing to have plans cancelled or severely altered to accommodate recommended social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus, especially on a year where Halloween falls on a weekend.
In past years, we have supplied recipes, arts and crafts, and other fun activities for Halloween (Celebrating Halloween, Homemade Halloween Decorations) as well as both spooky and entertaining stories (Ghost Groom, Halloween Mischief, Delaware Hauntings, and the infamous Pumpkin Skunkin’). These activities can provide entertainment to both children and adults in a physically-distanced Halloween.
But as history has shown, pandemics do eventually come to an end. In that spirit (pun intended), the October 30, 1920 edition of the Evening Journal reports on several parties that have already taken place.
Post-pandemic, several parties are mentioned, taking place at various private houses and public buildings, such as churches and clubs. There were over 300 attendees at a party at the Masonic Hall by the Women’s Loyal Moose #1.
In addition to parties and dances, A.I. duPont High School students performed three Halloween-themed plays, with students from P.S. duPont providing music for the event.
With any luck, such a social revival awaits us when the COVID-19 crisis is over.