It's time to think about Halloween! Some ideas, recipes, and the rules on how to do it.
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These lower risk activities can be safe alternatives:

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household & displaying them
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
  • Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
  • Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
  • Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
  • Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
  • Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house
Moderate risk activities
  • Participating in one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard)
    • If you are preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 second before and after preparing the bags.
  • Having a small group, outdoor, open-air costume parade where people are distanced more than 6 feet apart
  • Attending a costume party held outdoors where protective masks are used and people can remain more than 6 feet apart
    • A costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.
    • Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
  • Going to an open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest where appropriate mask use is enforced, and people can remain more than 6 feet apart
    • If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus.
  • Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing
  • Having an outdoor Halloween movie night with local family friends with people spaced at least 6 feet apart
    • If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus.
    • Lower your risk by following CDC’s recommendations on hosting gatherings or cook-outs.
Higher risk activities

Avoid these higher risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:

  • Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door
  • Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots
  • Attending crowded costume parties held indoors
  • Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming
  • Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household
  • Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors
  • Traveling to a rural fall festival that is not in your community if you live in an area with community spread of COVID-19
New Links to Check out:


Halloween at home Costume Contest w/ $500 prize
Enter now!
Deadline is October 22nd.

Halloween Music Playlists:
on Spotify
Disney playlist on Apple Music
on Pandora

Boston By Foot Virtual Tours and Lectures

Virtual Lecture
Thursday, October 29, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Virtual Lecture
Friday, October 30, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Multi-Guide Presentation
Saturday, October 31, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Virtual Haunted House in Leesburg, Virginia

October  23, 24, 30 & 31

OCT 31

Virtual Adult Halloween Party on ZOOM,  $10
DJ Jerry Geraldo returns with his world famous parties live online on ZOOM. Bring out your own drinks, show off your outfits and costumes, strike up a conversation in the chat room with that person you like or a friend, turn up the music and show off your moves. this is the party of the ages!


Virtual Halloween Painting Party

Sat, October 31, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Get the kit, or use your own supplies!  
1 1/2 hour class led by an artist

We are half way through October, and the weather is cooling, the days are getting shorter (daylight savings isn't until November 1st), but we have had some beautiful days, between the rainy ones.

We are officially in the red zone, and numbers continue to climb, but we are going to focus on
Halloween and planning on the good that is ahead! After that, we head into a holiday season like we have never had.  Instead of thinking about what won't be, let's take the time to figure out what it can be!

 We have some news to share too, but check out the links, the ideas, and the recipes!  And we sprinkled in a few pictures taken around town on a beautiful day!

Continue to be safe and healthy! Continue social distancing, washing your hands, and wear a mask!

Find the good in the chaos, the smiles through the fog, and the hope of what will come.

  ~The West End Community Center

NE/WE NSC Community Food Program Provides Nourishing Boxes of Groceries and Produce
Thanks to the collaboration and support of the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) and Lovin’
Spoonfuls, the ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) is able to
give out full boxes of produce, meat, eggs, and canned and frozen vegetables to those who
would find some groceries helpful.
Halloween Ideas
Halloween has not officially been cancelled, but both Beacon Hill and Charlestown have cancelled trick or treating this year, and we have cancelled our annual Halloween Event, sadly.  We decided to err on the side of caution, and the health of our neighbors and staff.

But we will miss seeing all of the kids in costume this year.  We would love to see pictures of decorated houses, kids in costume, or your home decorations!  Post them on our Facebook page,  just tag us @we.centernews on Instagram, or you can email them to us, and we will post, without any information.

Here are a few Halloween treats to make at home to treat your family and friends.
Click the pictures bleow for more details

Halloween Charcuterie Boards

No Bake Apple Donuts

Haunted House Craft
Halloween Jokes for Kids
courtesy of

Q: How do you fix a broken Joack-O-Lantern?
A: With a pumpkin patch

Q: What song do vampires hate?
A: You Are My Sunshine

Q: How do you open the door to a haunted house?
A: With a skeleton key

Q: What do you call a skeleton that sits around all day?
A: A lazy bone

Q: What is the first sign your house is haunted?
A: Your sheets are missing

Q: Who was the best dancer at the Halloween party?
A: The Boogieman

Q: Who do witches call for breakfast while on vacation?
A: Broom service

Q: What do black cats like to eat on hot days?
A: Mice cream cones

Q: What is Frankenstein's favorite summertime food?
A: Frankenfurters

Apple Cider Margaritas
courtesy of
Margaritas never have to go out of season again with this fall twist on a summer classic!

5ounces apple cider
1 1/2ounces silver tequila
1ounce triple sec
1ounce lime juice
1 apple slice for garnish
1 lime slice or wedge for garnish

1.Combine tequila, triple sec, lime juice and apple cider in a cocktail shaker.
2.Add ice to chill ingredients and shake to combine.
3.Pour into a glass, garnish with apple and lime slices and enjoy!
Recipe Notes
I like using a cocktail shaker to mix this drink since good apple cider tends to be unfiltered.
You can leave out the lime juice if you prefer sweeter drinks.
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