Holilday events will not be the same this year due to COVID-19

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The giant Halloween Beach Maze

Kaeli Newcomb

2020 has been a difficult year to say the least. Since the holidays are fast approaching, there has been much talk about canceling upcoming events due to COVID-19.

According to the Maryland Coastal Dispatch, the Berlin council candidates agree that Halloween activities should be cancelled because of COVID-19.

With Halloween looming, the question begs, what will events look like this year for children, adults, and business owners? Local teacher, Kristie Fogle is saddened by this years trick-or-treating cancellation. Fogle says, “Trick-or-treating is something that is important to any kids’ childhood and cancelling is sad for them. Halloween and trick-or-treating is something kids remember when they get older. If people feel uncomfortable with it, wear a mask. It is the easiest time to do that as most costumes have masks anyway. Therefore, I do not feel like local events should be cancelled.”

Although the council’s decision to advise against trick-or-treating is disappointing to many, there are alternative ways to celebrate this year to keep the Halloween “spirit” alive. One option is the O.C.Toberfest giant Halloween Beach Maze on North Division St., where COVID-19 guidelines will still be in effect. It will be a spooky good time for all ages on Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

O.C.Toberfest will also be hosting “Hocus Pocus” in a drive-in movie style at the inlet at 7 p.m. on Oct. 24.

Fox Gold Coast movie theatre will have a different horror movie every Friday night at 9 p.m. from now until Dec. 11. Halloween will look a little different this year but hopefully the alternatives will still make it an enjoyable time for all.

Halloween is not the only holiday affected by COVID-19 this year.  A few winter holiday traditions have been cancelled or modified. Among the most devastating is the Berlin Christmas Parade, this year would have been the fiftieth anniversary and has many disheartened. Stephen Decatur junior, Meadow McGee, is one participant that was disappointed to hear the news. McGee says, “This year’s cancellation of the parade is going to ruin the tradition us dancers at Seaside Dance Academy always look forward to.” The tree lighting ceremony as well as the ball drop in Berlin have also been cancelled this year. Unfortunate to many, as this is an annual tradition for local families.

As of now, Northside Park will continue to host the Winterfest Of Lights beginning Nov. 19 until Jan. 2, with standard COVID-19 guidelines still pertaining. Other holiday events still occurring will be the Ocean City Christmas Parade on Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. and the New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks on Dec. 31 at Northside Park.

Although Halloween is playing tricks on us this year and Christmas is looking to be a little less magical, the hope is that Worcester county will power through such harsh times, and maybe these new holiday events can become a part of your family’s holiday traditions for years to come.