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Posted on: October 1, 2020

Normal offers alternative, safe, socially-distanced Halloween activities

Normal offers alternative, safe, socially-distanced Halloween activities


Normal, IL – Oct 1, 2020 – The Town of Normal Parks & Recreation Department and the Children’s Discovery Museum (CDM) offer several family-friendly events as alternatives to traditional Halloween activities. 


All Town of Normal events follow safety protocols and social distancing. 


Candy Corn Lane, a Drive Thru event from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Friday Oct. 9 and Oct.16 at One Normal Plaza. Cars will line up on Lincoln Ave. and extend south onto Beech, if necessary. The fee is $5 per vehicle. Children 12 and under will receive a treat bag, and families can enjoy waving and saying hello from a distance to many of their favorite characters.  More information is available at


Halloween Hoopla, a CDM offering, features a haunted maze, games, crafts and treat bags. Attendees are required to wear a mask, and entry will be limited to 50 people. Pre-registration is required. No ticket sales at the door. To register, visit the Special Events page on ChildrensDiscoveryMuseum.netThe cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members on the following dates:

  1. Thursday, Oct. 29 (Museum Members Only), 6-8 p.m.
  2. Friday, Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m.
  3. Saturday, Oct. 31, 1–3 p.m.
  4. Sunday, Nov. 1, 1–3 p.m.


Early Childhood Program Kits. CDM offers family-friendly options for those not quite ready to attend in-person programming. Kits include directions and supplies for three hands-on activities focusing on STEAM-based learning. Participants can receive a toy from the lending library; they can play with the toy for three weeks before returning it to the museum. Registration closes one week before kit pick-up dates. Pick-up for the Pumpkins, Spiders and Bats-themed kit is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15 - Saturday, Oct. 17To register, visit and go to the Early Childhood Programs Page. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. 


In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offered guidance and alternatives to high-risk activities such as door-to-door visits. The Illinois Department of Public Health also provided guidance.


The Town strongly recommends families social distance and choose alternative ways to celebrate Halloween this year. For those choosing to celebrate in person, Town of Normal trick-or-treat hours will be 5 to 8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 31. Participants are encouraged to follow the recommended safety tips.


The Town also recognizes residents who do not wish to participate and has created a “No Trick-or-Treat” sign which can be printed and placed on front doors to alert families not to knock or ring the doorbell.