To provide trick-or-treating alternative, Bernardston Kiwanis Club holding ‘Halloween Drive-Thru’

  • The parking lot of the United Church of Bernardston will serve as the site of the Bernardston Kiwanis Club’s upcoming “Halloween Drive-Thru.” Staff File Photo/Shelby Ashline

Staff Writer
Published: 10/8/2020 2:51:30 PM

BERNARDSTON — While door to door trick-or-treating is prohibited in town this year, the Bernardston Kiwanis Club and other local organizations are offering an alternative way to satisfy that sweet tooth with a “Halloween Drive-Thru.”

According to Randy Crochier, Bernardston’s health agent with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments’ Cooperative Public Health Service, the Board of Health voted last week to ban door to door trick-or-treating in town, a decision that was supported by the Selectboard. Instead, Crochier said Board of Health members are encouraging people to participate in the drive-thru event.

“Kids won’t be able to go door to door for trick-or-treating this year, so as an option we’re trying to let them come through and get some goodies,” said Kiwanis Club President Dan Devine.

He said the local club has partnered with the United Church of Bernardston and the Bernardston Veterans Club to present the event, which is planned for 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.

The drive-thru will take place in the parking lot of the United Church of Bernardston, with vehicles entering from Hartwell Street by the Veterans Club and proceeding through the parking lot onto Church Street (Route 10). From there, families may continue to the Fire Station where the members of the Police and Fire departments will be set up to hand out more treats. Fire Chief Peter Shedd said the activity will be fun for families who are looking to get out of the house and experience “some sense of normalcy” on the holiday.

Any other business or organization in Bernardston that would like to join in handing out candy is welcome to do so, but must contact Devine at 413-522-7941 to sign up and reserve a spot.

While it is not mandatory, children — and adults — are encouraged to wear their costumes to the Halloween Drive-Thru. Devine said there is no need for residents who wish to bring their families to the event to call ahead.

Everyone must remain in their vehicles; no walkers are allowed as a COVID-19 safety precaution. According to Devine, all candy will be “commercially packaged products” approved by the town Board of Health, which also set safety guidelines for the event. The church is looking for donations of pre-packaged candy, and donations may be left on the table inside the church door near the kitchen.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at or 413-930-4579.


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