Essex Junction teens may have the solution to Halloween night trick-or-treating during the pandemic

Two Essex Junction teens have come up with a clever solution to trick-or-treating that doesn’t involve interacting with people on their doorsteps.

In an Essex Center Front Porch Forum post the ninth graders proposed a House Decorating Contest where kids, anyone younger than 18, could be judges.

Houses would be judged based on categories including scariest, funniest and most creative.

“Since we don’t yet know if there will be trick or treating on Halloween, we wanted to give kids in our neighborhood the opportunity to dress up and take a walk on Halloween anyway,” The post reads. “We thought it would be fun and festive to have a Halloween House Decorating Contest with the kids acting as judges. Plus having lots of houses decorated this year will make our neighborhood look really festive!”

A house in South Burlington decked out for Halloween seen on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019.

The teens who posted the event are planning it for their own neighborhood, Tanglewood in Essex Junction, but their model could be adopted by other areas. It is a solution which minimizes the risk of spreading COVID-19 during the pandemic, taking the door-to-door part out of the equation but still allows kids to dress up. 

Taking it to your neighborhood

The teens worked out logistics for their event which could be duplicated if planning to host one in your neighborhood.

  1. Announce the event to the neighborhood via an online community forum.
  2. Have households participating in the decorating contest email the organizer to be included on the ballot.
  3. Judges, kids under 18, email the organizer with their desire to participate and/or include their home address.
  4. The organizer prints ballots with the addresses of participating households and delivers ballots to the doorsteps of all judges in advance of the event.
  5. Halloween night kid judges dressed in costume walk the neighborhood and mark their ballots.
  6. Ballots are returned to the organizer.

In the case of the Essex Junction neighborhood, “Winners will get the glory of winning as well as a sign to indicate their victory.”

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