Local options for a safe and festive Halloween


The Whatcom County Health Department recommends that residents avoid higher-risk Halloween activities like parties and door-to-door trick-or-treating to slow the spread of Covid-19. 

In a media briefing on October 14, health department director Erika Lautenbach said, since the end of September, cases are on the decline. Lautenbach expressed her appreciation for continued community efforts to wear masks, stay a safe distance from each other and limit gatherings, and she asked for continued diligence in these areas since the county has seen declines in case rates followed by spikes in the past seven months of virus response. 

With Halloween coming up, Lautenbach expressed her concern for a possible increase in case rates and encouraged community members to celebrate safely. Covid-19 data shows that the county has had spikes in cases after previous holidays, she said.

“We can celebrate differently [this year], while honoring our traditions and important holidays,” she said. “And I know for some, Halloween is one of those important holidays, especially for our kids.” 

Lautenbach encouraged people to avoid higher-risk activities like costume parties and door-to-door trick-or-treating.

“We do encourage individuals to celebrate outdoors with a small group or find creative, low-risk activities you can do at home like a virtual costume contest, or other fun activities,” Lautenbach said.

Here are some socially distanced Halloween activities to celebrate this spooky season


Whatcom County Trip-or-Treat

Friday, October 30, from 3 to 7 p.m.

With five stops in Birch Bay, the Whatcom County Trip-or-Treat allows parents to get their kids out of the house and into their cars for a drive around the county. The socially-distanced event, run through the chambers of commerce in Whatcom County, has stops in Birch Bay, Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, Nooksack and more.

There is also a virtual costume contest that will take place on the Facebook event page. Post your best costume picture by 5 p.m., and winners will be announced by 6 p.m. and contacted to receive their prize.

For more information, visit whatcomtriportreat.com. 

Blaine Food Bank Spooktacular

Saturday, October 31, from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Blaine Food Bank, 500 C Street

A fun, family evening of ghosts and ghouls, pirates and witches, pumpkins and scarecrows, and of course, treats. Enter the Northwood Alliance Church parking lot by driving east on C Street, attendants will direct you to the car queue. If you don’t have a vehicle, please call 360/332-6350 to schedule a walk-through time. 

Carnival of Clowns

Saturday, October 31, 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Freemans’ House on C Street

The Freeman family has decided to stick to tradition and hold their outdoor yard carnival, just socially distanced this year. Groups will enter the carnival one at a time and multiple booths will be set up for the kids to stay six feet apart between each carnival game. 

For more information, visit the event page on Facebook:

Vinyl Night and Trivia at The Vault

Thursday, October 29. Music at 5 p.m., trivia at 7 p.m.

The Vault Wine Bar, 277 G Street

The trivia theme for the week is “spooky.” Plus, there will be a costume contest with prizes.

For more information, visit thevaultwine.com. 

Virtual Halloween Trivia

Online on Thursday, October 29 at 7 p.m.

Test your knowledge on Halloween facts, lore, music and more with the Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District’s virtual Halloween trivia. Pre-register by 6 p.m.

For more information, visit bbbparkandrec.org. 


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