Trick-or-Treat Trail offers Halloween fun

Hunter Herbaugh
Thursday, October 22, 2020
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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty about Halloween this year. However, Glendive’s businesses are pushing forward with the annual Trick-or-Treat Trail, hoping to provide kids with a chance to celebrate the holiday and are making significant changes in order to do so.

The Trick-or-Treat Trail has been organized by the Ranger-Review for eight years with the goal of providing a safe activity for kids. During the event, kids visit the various businesses across all of Glendive where they can get treats.

Changes to this year’s event include a larger time frame, limiting the number of kids at each business at any one time and, when possible, holding the occasion outside rather than inside.

Tracy Dey, organizer of the Trick-or-Treat Trail, explained that with the way this year has been, she still wanted to provide an activity for the kids to enjoy this Halloween season. Making a few changes was necessary so that kids could still participate while keeping everyone safe.

“We want to give people a safe alternative to going door-to-door. With COVID, some people may not want to do that, so we’re hoping they can still enjoy the holiday this way,” Dey said.

The most significant change with this year’s Trail is the length of the event. It normally runs for only two hours, however this year it will run for four, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. Dey explained this is because, normally, a few hundred kids go to businesses to participate. Having the longer time frame will allow participants to spread out and hopefully avoid having too many people gathered in one place.

“Before we had two hours and we had so many kids, probably over 300, a lot of businesses would get a lot of kids, and with the COVID, we wanted to spread it out,” Dey said.

Businesses have also been directed by the Dawson County Health Department to have their employess wear masks and not let participants into their establishments. Instead, they’ve been asked to hand out treats from the door.

While there have been many businesses join the Trail, Dey noted that this year, the number of participants is “down considerably” from last year’s record breaking participation of 68 businesses. She said that there have been a few different reasons businesses have given. Some have chosen not to participate simply because they feel they can’t do so with the restrictions in place, while others have noted that they don’t want to risk spreading the virus, either amongst themselves or to other people.

“Some have chosen not to because of the restrictions and some have decided on their own not to participate. Some of these places are like (Glendive Medical Center) or (the Eastern Montana Veterans’ Home), so, of course, you’re not going to have people going in there,” Dey explained.

Despite the smaller group of participants in this year’s trail, Dey is hopeful that people will still be able to safely enjoy the holiday. The map for this year’s Trail will be available in the Oct. 25 and Oct. 29 issues of the Ranger-Review.

Reach Hunter Herbaugh at rrreporter@rangerreview. com.