Berkley holding socially distanced Halloween events for residents

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published October 6, 2020

 Several Halloween-themed events will be held throughout Berkley over the next few weeks, all of which will require people to wear masks and socially distance from others.

Several Halloween-themed events will be held throughout Berkley over the next few weeks, all of which will require people to wear masks and socially distance from others.

File photo by Donna Agusti

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BERKLEY — Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, local cities have seen countless events canceled that would’ve taken place in a normal calendar year.

With Halloween creeping up on residents soon, the city of Berkley has begun planning socially distanced events through its Parks and Recreation Department and downtown.

The Parks and Recreation Department’s first event, a Halloween parade where kids can get candy, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Community Park. It will be organized in conjunction with the Friends of Berkley Parks and Recreation. The parade route will go through Community Park and the community baseball fields.

The second event, held with the Berkley Junior Women’s Club, will start at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Community Park and will feature multiple stations for kids to take part in Halloween-related activities.

“That one is in time intervals, so you can only go with a small group of people that you know, and then you have your own separate time, and then it ends with a trunk-or-treat in the (former ice arena) lot here,” Parks and Recreation Director Theresa McArleton said.

Attendees must wear masks and socially distance at the event, and they need to register beforehand to participate. Residents can do so at berkley.maxgalaxy.net.

McArlton said the department was able to hold some events with Oakland County similar to what they’re doing now this past summer. Organizers felt those events went well and were safe for the people who chose to participate.     
“We had a number of people … saying, ‘Are you doing Halloween events?’ and really wanting us to, and so for us it was important … during these times to pivot and still offer recreation, but (do) so in a safe manner for those people who choose to participate,” she said. “We felt that we could run events outdoors in a safe manner that still looked a little different but allowed kids to dress up, allowed the spirit of Halloween to happen and allowed recreation to happen in Berkley.”

The Berkley Downtown Development Authority also will be holding a Halloween-themed Ladies Night Out in the city on Thursday, Oct. 15, and Friday, Oct. 16. From 5 to 9 p.m. both nights, attendees are invited to shop downtown past normal business hours for special deals. There will be a drawing to win prizes, featuring a grand prize gift basket with wine and “Berkley bucks” that can be spent at shops downtown.

“To be eligible for the grand prize, customers must take a selfie at one of the participating Berkley businesses during Ladies Night Out, post it on their Facebook page, tag the business and then include the hashtag #BerkleyLadiesNightsOut in the post text,” a press release states.

Attendees are asked to socially distance and wear masks. While there isn’t a specific discount for people who wear costumes, DDA Executive Director Jennifer Finney said they might come up with an additional incentive for people who wear them.

“Hopefully, we’ll have most of them dressed up in a full-on costume or ... have a little mask on,” she said. We’re just trying to bring some fun into downtown Berkley, especially during this time of the pandemic.”

For more information on the event and participating businesses, visit www.downtownberkley.com/ladies-night-out-october.

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