Drive-through boos: With trick-or-treating discouraged, Halloween may go on the road

Port Isabel’s Halloween decorations near the Lighthouse on Oct. 13. Photo by Gaige Davila.

By Gaige Davila

Perhaps at no surprise to anyone, trick-or-treating has been discouraged by Cameron County this year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, traditional, door to door trick-or-treating is a high risk activity. 

Even quintessential Halloween events, like haunted houses, are not being authorized by the county, according to Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr. However, drive-through events are a possibility, Treviño said, who also mentioned he was working with local entities on developing safe Halloween festivities.  

Port Isabel City Manager Jared Hockema said the city is considering a drive-through Halloween event. Regarding trick-or-treating, “we are following the county’s lead,” Hockema said. 

The City of South Padre Island does not have any “city-sanctioned” Halloween activities scheduled this year, but Public Information Officer Nikki Soto said the city is encouraging the community to follow Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines regarding COVID-19 and Halloween. 

In Laguna Vista, City Manager Ed Meza said the town has no Halloween events planned but that they will allow trick-or-treating, so long as trick-or-treaters practice social distancing, wear face masks and are in groups of less than 10. 

Laguna Vista Mayor Susie Houston told the PRESS that she will keep a basket of candy outside her home, waving as trick-or-treaters come by from her garage. 

“I’m pretty sure that law enforcement will not be out arresting children or homeowners,” Houston said, referring to the county not authorizing trick-or-treating. 

Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez announced on Oct. 9 the county was not allowing Halloween activities either, saying trick-or-treating is not allowed.

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