NIPAWIN — The Town of Nipawin is asking residents who wish to have trick-or-treaters to display a painted purple pumpkin or post up an image of a purple pumpkin on their property.
Chelsea Corrigan, Nipawin’s director of parks and recreation said the colourful pumpkins are the town’s fun way to let trick-or-treaters know which houses are participating in the festivities— but aren't required to be followed by residents.
“We had received quite a few phone calls from the public asking what the process will be for Halloween, if they will be able to trick-or-treat this year,” Corrigan said.
“I think there will be quite a few kids out and about, it is on a Saturday this year.”
Corrigan said that while the pumpkins are one way to let trick-or-treaters know which houses are celebrating, other methods are available with some creativity.
“We just kind of ran with the idea just to keep people aware kids can still trick-or-treat, and this is a safe way to do it,” she said.
“I’m sure that if people have a lot of Halloween decorations out and don’t have a purple pumpkin people will know they’re still able to trick-or-treat there.”
The province requires all trick-or-treaters keep a two metre distance between individuals who are not in the same household or extended household at all times, and wait until one group has left a house before approaching any household.
Youth are asked to wait 72 hours before consuming treats, or clean the candy wrappers with disinfectant wipes.
Large copies of the purple pumpkin photo are available for Nipawin residents at the town office and the Evergreen Centre.
The town said that they would be best placed somewhere visible to the street, and if it’s after dark to leave the pumpkin’s lights on so youth can see it.
“We were trying to think of creative and fun ways to make it a fun Halloween for our trick-or-treaters this year, and doing it in pandemic definitely puts a different spin on things.”