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Celebrating Halloween during a pandemic

Kumi Tucker
Updated: October 27, 2020 07:42 PM
Created: October 27, 2020 05:52 PM

Make no bones about it, Patricia Voellm-Pasinello loves Halloween.

"With COVID, I feel like everybody's had a really rough year," she said. "So I tripled the size of what I normally have to give people something fun to drive by and enjoy it, and I hope they are."

She kept adding to the display on Synders Corners Road in Wynantskill over a couple of weeks. 

"Because I put up some and you have other ideas, so I went to the store to buy maybe one more. Came home with five more!" she said with a laugh.  
This is a different Halloween. During a pandemic, people are wondering about going trick-or-treating, how much candy to buy, how many trick-or-treaters they might have, and how to give the candy out. 

With all the uncertainty, places like the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Capital Area are offering alternatives. 

"Parents are asking us all the time, are you guys running a program, do you have fun stuff for them, so this is one of the ways that we're reaching out to the community," said BGCCA Program Director David Gordon. "We heard you, and so now we're doing an event for you."

They're having a free Spooktacular at the Albany clubhouse Friday evening and twice on Halloween.

"This year is completely different," said Gordon. "We know everybody is very cautious and very health conscious. We want to be on the cutting edge of that and actually be pioneers of doing something COVID-friendly so the kids can have some normalcy."

NewsChannel 13 found them packing up goodie bags for the event, as they get ready for hundreds of kids to walk the "haunted hallway."

Some of the items for the goodie bags were donated by Carmen Lombardi, who connected with the group after seeing a previous story here on NewsChannel 13. She didn't like the thought of kids losing out on so many fun things this year. 

"So she took it upon herself to reach out and see if she could donate some treats and snacks and cookies, just to help add to the bags that we're making and help make Halloween a little more special for our kids this year," said BGCCA Director of Development and Individual Giving Jimmy Bulmer.  

As NewsChannel 13 first reported last week, Knickerbacker Park in Lansingburgh will be a free Trick-or-Treat Street on Halloween. The city of Amsterdam will hold a drive-through trick-or-treat in Veterans Park - all ways to keep some Halloween fun, so kids don't lose out when so much else has changed this year.

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