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Oswego officials working on plans for a safe Halloween amid pandemic

Village of Oswego staff are working on ways Halloween can be safely observed in the village this fall despite concerns over the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

"It's almost Halloween season, so we are planning how we're going to handle Halloween and the trick-or-treating and things like that," Village President Troy Parlier told the vilalge board during a Sept. 15 meeting. "But planning is underway to definitely have Halloween in Oswego."

While the annual Montgomery Police Department Halloween Safety Event has been canceled, the Oswegoland Park District is still planning to hold a COVID-safe Monster Mash Bash in October.

The bash, an annual Halloween party for younger area children, will be held Oct. 24 but will become the "Not-At-All-Haunted House" an immersive event at the Oswegoland Civic Center, 5 Ashlawn, Oswego, to best manage crowds.

This year's bash will be a walk-through event with "Immersive experiences, entertainers, and plenty of fun photo ops." The penny carnival games will not be featured this year, but children will still be able to wear their costumes, meet performers, and have their pictures taken.

The park district has also confirmed that the bash will open up later in the day, for teenage participants. Registration is $5 in advance, and $8 the day of the bash. Adult admission is free.

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