Albany to Host #AlbanyHalloween2020 Events

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On Saturday, October 31 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., the City of Albany will partner with a variety of sponsors and community organizations to host Halloween events in 11 City Parks.

These events will provide residents with the option to either drive-through or walk-through to show off their costume, and receive candy, a pumpkin, and a carving kit – providing a socially distanced, COVID-compliant opportunity to celebrate the holiday.

“The City of Albany wants to ensure our residents have a safe opportunity to celebrate Halloween as we continue to stop the spread of COVID-19, and these events are designed to do just that,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “I encourage our residents to take part in these socially distanced, COVID-compliant events. While door-to-door trick-or-treating has not been banned, both Governor Cuomo and the CDC have advised that it is a high-risk activity.”

Additional Halloween guidance from New York State can be found by visiting https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/10/13244_covid_halloweenguidance_102020-2.pdf and guidance from the CDC can be found by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween

#AlbanyHalloween2020 Events will be held in the following parks:

  • Buckingham Pond (Berkshire Boulevard Entrance)
  • Washington Park (Sprague Place Entrance)
  • Lower Lincoln Park (Eagle Street Entrance)
  • Upper Lincoln Park (South Swan Street Entrance)
  • Krank Park (Seymore Avenue Entrance)
  • Arbor Hill Park (Manning Boulevard Entrance)
  • Hackett Park (North 1st Street Entrance)
  • Swinburne Park (2nd Street Entrance)
  • Peyster Island (West Erie Street & Providence Street)
  • Hackett Boulevard Greenspace (between Cardinal Avenue & South Main Avenue)
  • Westland Hills Park (Anthony Street Entrance)

Individuals interested in volunteering to help make these events a success are encouraged to contact the City’s Department of Recreation at (518) 434-5699 or by emailing cwilliams@albanyny.gov. The City of Albany is seeking volunteers to assist with decorating the #AlbanyHalloween2020 sites, and distributing candy and pumpkins.

Attendees will be required to follow all local, state, and federal COVID-19 prevention rules, including wearing a mask, maintaining social distance, and limiting all gatherings to fewer than 50 people.

As per guidance published by New York State and the Centers for Disease Control, the City of Albany is calling on residents to avoid high risk activities to help prevent the spread COVID-19, such as door-to-door trick-or-treating or trunk-or-treats, attending crowded costume parties held indoors, or going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together. Additional COVID-19 precautions can be found by visiting either https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/10/13244_covid_halloweenguidance_102020-2.pdf or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween

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