Halloween will look a little different in the City of Henderson this year because of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases locally, according to the city.
Out of an abundance of caution, the 2020 Halloween Extravaganza event had been canceled. It was originally planned for Oct. 25 in Newman Park.
According to Parks Director Trace Stevens, the decision to cancel the event was influenced by recently-released guidelines from the Kentucky Department for Public Health, which classified the event as 'higher risk'.
“We are disappointed that we can’t hold the Halloween Extravaganza this year, but we feel we should follow state guidance designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and help try to keep out county safe and healthy,” Stevens said. “We will be planning an alternative event for this year as well and will be looking forward to hosting the 2021 Halloween Extravaganza next year.”
Additionally, Henderson Rotaract and Downtown Henderson Partnership (DHP) will not host the annual trick-or-treating of downtown businesses, but will instead leave it up to individual merchants and offices as to whether they want to provide candy for costumed youngsters.
DHP will instead offer a free Drive-In Movie on Friday, Oct. 30, in partnership with Henderson Rotary Club. It will be shown in the Field & Main Employee Parking Lot on North Main Street. Admission is free, and the parking lot opens at 6:30 p.m., but those who wish to attend have been asked to reserve tickets at DowntownHenderson.org. The movie selected for the special event is “Hocus Pocus.”
The City of Henderson is recommending that door-to-door Halloween trick-or-treating take place from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, while following the health department's guidance.
In Henderson County, there were 140 new positive cases of COVID-19 reported on Oct. 2 alone. Nearly 20 new positive cases of the virus have been reported each day following that, with the county also recently seeing a large spike in COVID-19 deaths.