A Covid-19 Halloween


 All Hallow’s Eve is usually a big deal around here, but with the scariest thing about this year being Covid-19, things to do for Halloween are few and far between. Here is a rundown of some Halloween happenings around town.

What’s up with trick or treating this year? General consensus says it’s up to parents. Some will allow their kids to go trick-or-treating, while others are playing it safe this year. As a general rule, there’s a good chance of candy being given out at homes that are decorated. Some have said they are taking Covid-19 precautions by leaving out bowls of candy this year, while others are getting creative with socially distant ways of distributing candy to kids. Some will be using masks, gloves and even tongs to distribute goodies and many are opting for treat bags this year. Others will be skipping this year as a precaution. However, there are still many other ways to celebrate this weekend around town.

They did the mash…it was a monster mash…for the kids! On Saturday, October 31, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Jamesons Pub on Beach 129th is hosting a Kids Monster Mash Party. For $25 per child, they get to enjoy a choice of breakfast, pumpkin decorating, “trick or treating” and more. Reservations are strongly recommended. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP.

This Halloween, consider doing a good deed while getting into the festivities with Hallo-Clean! Join in for a socially distanced beach cleanup from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, starting at Beach 86th and the boardwalk. Bags and gloves will be provided and costumes are strongly encouraged! Community service hours will be available to those who need them. This event is hosted by the Rockaway Beach Civic Association, the Heart of Rockaway civic and the American Littoral Society.

The surf never stops in Rockaway, not even on Halloween. Instead, surfers suit up…in costumes. From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Beach 97th Street, join SurfsUpNYLA for a Halloween Surf Party. Bring your scariest costume and take to the waves. For more info, follow @surfsupnyla on Instagram.

From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., stop by the Papa John’s parking lot (49-01 Beach Channel Drive) for some Trunk or Treating! There will be decorated cars to go trick or treating from, plus prizes, resources, giveaways, DJ music and more. Madelaine Chocolate, Lena’s Library, the 101st Precinct, the Far Rock Greek Council, RNSP, Khaleel Anderson, Rock Safe Streets, Far Rockaway Empowerment Alliance, Councilman Donovan Richards, REMA4US and others are all coming together to bring this event to the community. Masks are required and all kids 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

AB Studios (111-22 Rockaway Beach Blvd.) hosts their Halloween concert on Saturday, October 31 starting at 3 p.m. Razorwave, Charged for Battle, The Errorists, Revels Engine, Hopeless Otis, Brian Kish’s Lounge Pants and more will all be performing. This event is BYOB and there’s no cover charge. The grill will be open for those who want to cook.

The place for the adults to play this Halloween night is Whit’s End for their Halloween Extravaganza. From “dusk ‘til dead” on Saturday, head to Whit’s on Beach 97th Street for live entertainment including burlesque, magic, live music by BButts and the Booty Shakers and more. Be sure to wear a costume as a $1000 cash prize is up for grabs for best dressed. The event is BYOB and as always at Whit’s, the food is killer.

Got some cute costumed pets? ARF-ARF (Allied Rockaway Foundation for Animal Recreation and Fitness) usually hosts an annual costume contest at the Rockaway Freeway Dog Park but this year, it’s going virtual. To enter, follow @arfarfrockaway on Instagram, tag a friend in their costume post, then post a photo of your own costumed pet and tag @arfarfrockaway and use the hashtag #ARFARFTricksandTreats2020 on Instagram by November 10. All contestants will be up for an online vote from November 11 through November 23. Winners will be announced on the ARF-ARF Facebook page on November 24.

 Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

 By Katie McFadden