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Halloween party Saturday at park another example of creative response

Organizers throughout the region are figuring out ways to make it possible for their events to go forward, despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Another example will be seen Saturday, when the Steubenville Parks and Recreation Department holds its annual Halloween party for city residents. The location will be different from recent years — officials have moved the event to Beatty Park from the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center.

According to Lori Featherolf, the city’s recreation director, there will be more than 20 stations set up in the park, and children will receive their treats in interesting ways. She added there will be pizza and water for everyone at the end of the treat trail.

In addition to providing a creative way to allow children between the ages of 4 and 10 who live in the city to enjoy a morning of trick-or-treating, the event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will offer the chance to show off the recent improvements that have been made at the park which make it easier for area residents to enjoy its natural beauty.

No one, however, should forget that the coronavirus remains a threat, and safety precautions must be followed. Those include social distancing, hand-sanitizing stations and masks for participants 4 and older. Common sense should prevail as well, Fetherolf added — if anyone in your household is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, it’s best to pass on the event.

Saturday’s Halloween party is one of several area events organizers hope they can pull off using proper safety protocols.

On Oct. 2, First Fridays on Fourth returned to downtown Steubenville, and that weekend also saw open-air Shakespeare performances at Beatty Park.

On Oct. 24, an historical walking tour will be held in Beatty Park, and citywide trick-or-treating has been scheduled for Oct. 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m..

November will see the return of the nutcrackers to Fort Steuben Park and downtown streets, and Steubenville’s annual Christmas parade is scheduled to travel down Fourth Street on Dec. 5.

We again remind you that if you are planning to take part in these or any other events, to enjoy yourself as you once again begin to spend time with your friends — but remember to put safety first, maintain your distance, wear a mask and use lots of hand sanitizer.

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