Halloween this year may have been a bit different, as almost everything is in this time of COVID-19, but the holiday still came, and we caught up with a couple of neighborhoods – Wilshire Park and Fremont Place – that still found fun ways to celebrate.
One of the area’s biggest neighborhood Halloween celebrations is Wilshire Park’s annual Halloween Haunt, a huge block party which usually features everything from a haunted house to games, contests, train rides and a big raffle, among many other activities. This year, of course, the neighborhood wasn’t able to do its full-blown Haunt, but neighbors did still find some great ways to celebrate. According to resident Lorna Hennington:
“Although the Wilshire Park Association had to postpone its Annual Halloween Haunt, Halloween fun was still planned with some modifications for safety! The neighborhood enjoyed a Haunted Home Decorating contest that encouraged residents to keep their holiday spirit and enjoy a little friendly competition. The winner of the Haunted Home Decorating contest was the Bruns family on Bronson with their Craftsman house decorated from top to bottom with skeletons, spiders and a cemetery.”
In addition, according to Hennington:
“Residents also sent in their submissions for the Wilshire Park Virtual Costume Contest. The winners were the adorable Reyes twins, Cameron and Jacob. Winners will be receiving a gift certificate to sweet ice cream treats from a local shop on Larchmont Blvd. It was a fun and safe celebration, and we look forward to restoring the Halloween Haunt in 2021!”
Fremont Place residents also got into the socially-distanced Halloween spirit this year with a scavenger hunt for the neighborhood’s youngest residents. The hunt was developed by residents Allie Simon and Margaret Lee, who wanted to make Halloween fun and festive for residents, but also safe given the increasing number of COVID-19 infections in the county.
Families were invited to pick up their instructions in the spooky front yard of Fremont Place president Cam Davis, who decorated the house with festive Halloween lights and a kind of scary dementor-like creature stirring a smoky caldron of bones.
Residents were asked to try to maintain social distancing from other family groups as they travel throughout the two-street neighborhood on their Halloween Hunt. Children were asked to perform a specific task at each of the dozen or so participating houses, after which they would collect a sticker. Once they completed the hunt, or as much as they wanted to complete, they returned to starting point and collected a Halloween treat bag.