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Main Street Calumet to Host Downtown SCARE-venger Hunt

Photo courtesy of Main Street Calumet Halloween festivities this year will be a bit different from others in Calumet, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. But Main Street Calumet has come up with a safer alternative to the annual Trunk-or-Treat celebration, pictured above. This year, MSC is hosting a Halloween SCARE-venger hunt.

CALUMET — Main Street Calumet (MSC) is not allowing COVID-19 pandemic to cancel holiday festivities in the village, including a Halloween celebration. MSC Executive Director Leah Polzien announced in a Thursday release that MSC is hosting a Halloween SCARE-venger hunt on Friday, Oct. 30, from 3-7 p.m. Spooky and fun displays will be set up outdoors around downtown Calumet to encourage families to come out together, have a fun excursion, see other kids in costume, and of course get some candy, the release states.

This year’s SCARE-venger hunt is a bit different from the Trunk-or-Treat of previous years. Participants will complete a SCARE-venger Hunt Bingo Card by finding the list of Halloween themed items. All items can be found by walking on 5th and 6th Street. When they have completed their Card, participants can turn it in at the Main Street Calumet booth, located in the green space south of the Calumet Theatre, to receive a bag of candy.

“At Main Street Calumet, we want families to love living in our community,” said Polzien. “Hosting fun events is a great way to engage our residents and bring them downtown. We hope our Halloween SCARE-venger Hunt will be one of those events that makes Calumet a great place to be.”

SCARE-venger Hunt Bingo Cards will be available in many downtown businesses starting October 26th or on-line at www.mainstreetcalumet.com/halloween. For a full list of participating businesses or to make a donation to support this event please visit the aforementioned website.

Polzien said that according to CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines, outdoor scavenger hunts are considered lower-risk activities.

“We ask all participants to respect social distancing guidelines,” she said, “stay within your own group during the event, and if you’ve been sick please stay home!”

In addition to respecting social distancing protocols, the CDC website also offers the following suggestions:

• Attending a costume party held outdoors where protective masks are used and people can remain more than 6 feet apart

• A costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.

• Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.

The Main Street Calumet website provides details on participating in the SCARE-venger hunt.

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