SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Like many holidays celebrated since March, Halloween will look a bit different this year.
The Centers for Disease Control recently rolled out guidance warning against “high-risk” activities, like door-to-door trick-or-treating or indoor haunted houses, to combat the spread of COVID-19.
But organizers around the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry are coming up with creative ways to make Halloween safe and fun for families.
Check out the list below. Submit a community event to the newsroom here.
Thursday, Oct. 15 – Halloween
Halloween at Coligny
Stop by the Coligny Main Stage (between Island Girl and Quiet Storm) for their photo contest. Take a costumed photo with the Halloween banner and upload your best picture here.
Your photo will be entered to win gift certificates and prizes from Coligny merchants.
The categories are 0-3 years, 4-6 years, 7-9 years, 10-12 years, teen, adult/family. Merchant judges will vote in each category and announce the winners on Facebook Live on Monday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m.
Winners from each category will be awarded gift cards totaling: $100 for first place, $50 for second, and $25 for third.
And anyone that submits a photo will be entered to win a $500 gift package to Coligny shops and restaurants.
Saturday, Oct. 17
Halloween at Bluffton Artisan Markets
The October Bluffton Artisan Markets will feature a fun Halloween theme, complete with trick-or-treating, costume contest and a booth decorating contest.
“As always, we will have live music, lots of spooky sweets and treats and food vendors,” said Katie Silva, founder of Lowcountry Made, the organization sponsoring the Bluffton Artisan markets.
The market will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. in the parking lot at Southern Barrel Brewing Co.
Masks are required and social distancing best practices are encouraged.
Sunday, Oct. 18
Humane Society for Greater Savannah Fall Fair
Joint the Humane Society for Greater Savannah for its first annual Fall Fair, featuring adoptable animals, food trucks, a petting zoo, local vendors, a costume contest, and more.
The fair will be located at the adoption center, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is available at the Jennifer Ross soccer fields next to the center.
The event is dog-friendly and most vendors accept cash and card. You can enter the costume contest on site for $5. Masks are mandatory, and social distancing will be enforced.
To learn more, click here.
Saturday, Oct. 24 & Sunday, Oct. 25
15th Annual Wag-O-Ween
Savannah’s annual family and pet-friendly trick-or-treating event will take place this year despite the death of Sara Portman, local businesswoman and Wag-O-Ween creator.
Portman recently succumbed to her battle with lung cancer before she could see Wag-O-Ween’s 15th year fulfilled, but her friends at The Hipster Hound and Renegade Paws Rescue are taking over preparations per her wishes.
Because of COVID-19, Wag-O-Ween will take place over two days this year to allow for fewer crowds each day.
Humans and animals alike will dress up in Halloween costumes and follow their event maps to over 100 businesses giving out dog treats and goodies. There will also be a costume contest, raffle, and photography stations as part of the event.
All human participants will also be required to wear face coverings at all times during the event per city ordinance.
To register, visit here. Funds raised will help support local animal rescues.
Sunday, Oct. 25
Camp Sunshine Virtual Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Join Camp Sunshine’s virtual fundraiser and get in the Halloween spirit while supporting a great, local cause.
Make a $15 donation to enter your pumpkin in the contest. Pumpkins can be carved, painted, or covered in bling. Creativity is encouraged!
E-mail a photo of your pumpkin by Oct. 25 to email@example.com. Winners will be announced on Oct. 28. All donations will support Camp Sunshine’s Holiday Assistance Program in Savannah.
Thursday, Oct. 29
DKLS Academy is hosting a trunk or treat event for toddlers and children with special needs.
Parents can bring their children to 2011 Waters Avenue from 4:30 to 7 p.m. for some Halloween fun and light refreshments.
Costumes are a must! Masks and social distancing will be enforced.
Friday, Oct. 30
Hardeeville Drive-In Movie & Costume Contest
On the eve of Halloween, the City of Hardeeville Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department will be showing “Hocus Pocus” at its Drive-In Movie & Costume Contest. This is a free event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. behind City Hall (205 Main Street).
Free popcorn and Cheerwine will be available but if you need something more to snack on, food trucks will be on site.
Kids can participate in a socially distanced costume contest for a chance to win a prize. There will be winners for ages 0-4, 5-8, 9-12 and 13 and older.
Saturday, Oct. 31
Tricks, Treats & Trains! at Georgia State Railroad Museum
Join the Georgia State Railroad Museum for Tricks, Treats and trains, a socially distanced trick-or-treating experience from 10 a.m. to noon.
Staff and volunteers will be handing out treats throughout the outdoor museum (in costumes, of course). Admission is free to Coastal Heritage Society members. Pre-registration is required online here.
Savannah Children’s Museum will also be open and offering Halloween-themed activities throughout the day.
Hardeeville Drive-Thru Trunk-or-Treat
The City of Hardeeville Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department is hosting its Drive-Thru Trunk-or-Treat event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at City Hall (205 Main Street).
This free event is strictly drive-thru to keep volunteers and residents safe and physically distanced. Costumes and car decorations are encouraged!
Yemassee Police Department Halloween
Come dressed in your most frightening costume to the Yemassee Police Department’s Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treating Event. Starting at 6 p.m. at the Yemassee Municipal Complex (101 Town Circle), officers will be giving out treats as families drive by.
“We understand that this has been a challenging year for all of us and hope that this safe, socially distanced, drive-thru Halloween event will put smiles on many,” the police department stated.