The Halifax Community Players are planning a drive-thru trick-or-treat in the Halifax County High School parking lot to “save Halloween.”
“With everything else canceled, we’re trying to save Halloween for the kids. They’ve missed out on so much already with COVID, we don’t want to take Halloween away from them,” said Devin HalI, founder of Halifax Community Players.
The local group decided to plan the trick-or-treat event to give local children some Halloween fun in a safe environment. From 2 until 5 p.m. Halloween (Oct. 31), participants can drive through the high school parking lot and receive goodie bags filled with candy.
“With so much going on in the world right now, we’re not able to do a lot of normal things,” said Brandee Lloyd, a member of the Halifax Community Players board of directors. “We were trying to come up with a COVID safe event where community members could still go out as a family on Halloween. We hope they will still dress up, and from a safe distance, we’ll be able to see their wonderful Halloween costumes.”
Lloyd added the Halifax Community Players are working with the South Boston Police Department to ensure a smooth traffic flow for the trick-or-treat event, and everyone handing out candy at the event would be wearing a mask and all candy would be individually wrapped.
“It is a drive-thru event where booths will be set up 6 feet apart,” Hall said. “We are encouraging people to stay in their cars. As they come through and pass each booth, they’ll say ‘trick-or-treat!’ and we’ll give them some candy.”
Hall said he has already heard from community organizations interested in participating in the drive-thru trick-or-treat and he is hoping for a “great turnout,” with at least 20 booths set up with candy for the children.
Since Halifax Community Players is a newly formed group, Lloyd said she thought the trick-or-treat event would be an ideal venue for them to introduce themselves to the community.
“This is an opportunity for us to get to know the community and connect with them and introduce what we plan to bring to the community,” Lloyd commented. “Our mission is theater for all. Our group wants to showcase local talents from all walks of life.”
Hall added, “Diversity is very important to the Halifax Community Players. We’re keeping diversity at the front of our minds because we want to include everybody.”
In addition to stage productions, Hall said the Halifax Community Players plan to offer acting classes and music lessons to children and adults.
Any business or organization interested in donating candy and/ or participating in the drive-thru trick-or-treat is asked to fill out a form on the Halifax Community Players website at https://halifaxcommunityplayers.org/.