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Posted October 15, 2020 | 8:14 AM

Hillsborough County Offers Fun, Safe Halloween Event

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2020) - It IS possible to have a safe and fun Halloween, even during a pandemic.

Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation, in conjunction with Friends of the County Parks & Recreation, has created Haunted Highway, a drive-through Halloween experience at four County recreation centers. Numerous local community organizations and clubs will showcase their spooky spirit by each decorating an outdoor space with a Halloween scene full of interesting sights and sounds.

Families can attend the drive-through from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 to get some great goodies and have some frightening fun. The route will end with a contactless ghoulie bag distribution for the first 500 children at each location. Each ghoulie bag will have treats, toys, and information from local organizations.

The Haunted Highway events are free and will be held at the following recreation centers:

  • Northdale Park & Recreation Center, 15550 Spring Pine Drive, Tampa
  • Emanuel P. Johnson Park & Recreation Center, 5855 S. 78th St., Tampa
  • Keystone Park & Recreation Center, 17928 Gunn Highway, Odessa
  • Ruskin Park & Recreation Center, 901 6th St. SE, Ruskin

Halloween Safety Tips
Many Hillsborough County residents have questions about how to safely celebrate Halloween with family and friends.

Amid the ongoing pandemic, the 2020 spooky season may look a little different. Just a few extra precautions can help reduce the risk to everyone. In addition to the annual safety tips shared by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the CDC has provided safety measures you can take to celebrate the season more safely.

Public health experts say residents should refrain from gatherings of more than 10 people. Face coverings are to be worn when the 6-foot social distancing guidelines cannot be met. The CDC shares that traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. It has created a detailed list of activities and risk levels for residents to utilize as they plan their Halloween fun. The CDC reminds those who are planning events to celebrate the holiday to take extra considerations. If we work together as a community, Halloween can still be fun for everyone.

For more information on COVID-19 coronavirus, visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe. Share your spooky season snaps with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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