Buckrail - Street
Two dinosaurs trick-or-treat on the Town Square in 2019. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. — Whether your Halloween plans are spooky, silly, cute, or creepy, Buckrail wants to make sure you’re safe this Saturday.

Halloween is going to look a little bit different in the time of COVID-19. Government officials from the CDC to the Town of Jackson have devised Halloween safety tips this year.

On top of that, the traditional Trick-or-Treat on Town Square, originally scheduled to take place Halloween night, has been canceled this year from COVID concerns.

“It’s always a difficult decision to cancel events that our community has come to expect and love, but it’s much more important that we do our part in keeping our community safe,” said Director of Events, Britney Magleby.

But do not fret! There are many other ways to celebrate the fall holiday, like participating in the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce’s online Halloween costume contest. The Chamber’s website has an entire list of other “spooktacular” ways to celebrate this year.

For those who are going Trick-or-Treating (in a “pandemic-friendly” manner), there are still some things to keep in mind.

As kids make their way through Jackson streets looking for treats, parents should be reminded to make sure they are easily visible to drivers. Wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight. Encourage kids to travel in groups and cross only at corners and designated crosswalks. Small children should be accompanied by an adult.

Also, beware of those who might seek to use Halloween as a time to harm others. Check the children’s spoils for possible tampering before allowing them to eat them.

Finally, adult Halloween celebrants often mix alcohol with their revelry, which can render them unfit for the drive home or impair their judgment about engaging in otherwise improper behavior. Remember, while a costume may disguise its wearers to others on Halloween night, a DUI or misdemeanor charge is on one’s record for all to see for years to come.

Jackson residents are encouraged to put as much thought into their activities on Halloween night as they do in devising their costumes and make the night a “treat” for all.